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Forum topic by puzzled posted 04-02-2008 03:09 PM 642 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-02-2008 03:09 PM

Good morning everyone.

I am working on an ambrosia maple hollow form and I want that “glass” look that you see on some turned pieces. I have sanded the vessel down to 400 and applied 4 coats of clear gloss. I am going to re-sand tonight and would like to know what will give me that deep wet look. If anyone has any other suggestions on finish that work well for them, please let me know. I dont have any pics at the moment, but I will get some after I finish it.


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#1 posted 04-02-2008 03:20 PM

This is what I use: several coats of tung oil after sanding to 2000 grit. Make sure you get all excess tung off quickly. Don’t wait the full soak in time. Let dry at least 24 hours between coats. Lightly steel wool between coats also. Use steel wool to apply a first coat of good furniture paste wax. Then apply a couple with a cloth after. Your wood is usually quite porious, but I know this to work on harder maple. Good luck … this is what I do with nonusable turned items.

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#2 posted 04-02-2008 04:38 PM

I think lacquer will get you the glossiest finish.

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#3 posted 04-02-2008 05:14 PM

Hi Trey,

Just keep in mind that the higher the gloss of your finish the more likely it is to show scratches and other flaws so good stock preparation and sanding is an absolute necessity.

Good luck.

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#4 posted 04-02-2008 09:34 PM

I am looking forward to seeing the finished project.

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