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Forum topic by Taylor14 posted 10-02-2015 08:58 AM 855 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-02-2015 08:58 AM

Topic tags/keywords: walnut lathe sander resource question cherry oak finishing sanding

Hey guys, I’ve recently picked up wood work and I’m pretty green to the finer points of the craft. I’ve started making wooden rings for friends and family but I can’t find a good finish. Right now I’m sanding to a final smooth ring. 120-220-600-1200. I’ve used tung and polycrylic but they aren’t giving the high gloss shine I want. I’m not sure if I’m skipping a vital step or just not doing it right. Any advice or “play by play” would be great. The more detailed the better.
I’m using walnut now but I have cherry, maple, hickory and katalox that I’d like to use later.

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#1 posted 10-02-2015 10:08 AM

Try a medium c.a. finish like pen turners use. Then micro mesh to 12000 followed by plastic polish or buffing.

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#2 posted 10-02-2015 10:58 AM

Don’t sand beyond 320 and use several coats of poly. Personally, I use beeswax when it comes to rings or anything that comes in contact with skin. Many people have experienced allergic reactions (rash) to synthetic products from prolong exposure to skin.


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#3 posted 10-02-2015 03:40 PM

Finish sand to 600, then add 4-7 coats of Tru-Oil. Will look like a mirror.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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