I dont know how to finish this thing..HELP!!

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Forum topic by NaptownWood posted 01-11-2014 01:39 AM 1025 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-11-2014 01:39 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question lathe carving rustic

Its found wood, boosted wood really. Someone had cut down a tree, and they werent home when I knocked. .. Its about 10” wide at the top, 6” at the bottom. Natural edge. I decided to bust out the dremel tool and go to town.
It looks the way it does because I got the outside sanded to 220, and then wiped down that outside with mineral spirits. Its all natural right now.

I dont know what to do to get it done, and done well, im not above sanding I off all of the BS.

The dremel took a dump 10 mins ago, (maybe a blessing in disguise) and I still want to carve on the feet some more.

I guess imnasking for tips on, first and foremost, the shape and look, and then how to properly protect the natural edge, even though I ground out all of the very outter bark (felt like a dentist) , and then on the actual finish options.

Any help at all would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks all,

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#1 posted 01-11-2014 04:24 AM

Go to the Borg and get a set of new brushes for your Dremel.

Or go down to True Value and pick up their $20 Master Mechanic kit that also comes with an engraving tool.

I bought one about 2 months ago and have used the crap out of it. It’s bigger and more powerful than any Dremel I’ve ever owned.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#2 posted 01-11-2014 04:40 AM

F it. I’m going to HF and spending some money. ...

I have one of the 25% off coupons.

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#3 posted 01-11-2014 05:48 AM

You might as well be a professIonal photographer, too these days…

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#4 posted 01-11-2014 12:32 PM

Looks good, I’d shellac it.

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#5 posted 01-11-2014 12:45 PM

Some people recommend apply CA glue to bark to help it stay on before finishing. That might create more problems for you if not careful.

Waterborne poly will not impart a yellow hue that other film finishes will. If looking for easy try an oil varnish product.

-- Bill

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