You've got to see this mirror finish on soft pine!!!

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Blog entry by woodshaver posted 09-08-2012 10:24 PM 9745 reads 56 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was putting a finish on a headboard I was working on and just out of the blue I thought what if I rubbed some Salad bowl finish (bees wax and mineral oil) on some raw sanded pine and then let it dry and spray it with lacquer. My common sense told me the lacquer would fish eye or bead up and it was a dumb idea.
I always use sanding sealer under Lacquer!

Well I did it anyway just to see what would happen!

I did all this by hand… power buffing at all.
I sanded to 400, stained half the wood let it dry
I smeared on my homemade salad bowl mix let it sit for about a half hour and rubbed off all I could get off,
I sprayed on some gloss lacquer form a can. Let it dry
Hit the finish with some 400 then some 000 steel wool then a buffing pad.
Then I rubbed on some Maguire’s cleaning wax for what turned out to be a mirror finish.

I still can’t believe this mirror finish! Has anyone else ever done this?

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#1 posted 09-08-2012 10:56 PM

Holy Smokes !
Gotta favorite this one.

-- Eric, central Florida

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#2 posted 09-08-2012 10:59 PM

Never seen it done but im gonna tell you it aint gonna be long until i do. Looks like you made one hell of a martini recipe finish. Very cool and wicked shiny.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#3 posted 09-08-2012 11:38 PM

You have a winner there Woodshaver, thanks for sharing and that’s
a favorite for sure.

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#4 posted 09-09-2012 12:05 AM

You could market it as “Pine Shine”. I would think wax under lacquer would be a problem, similar to waxed shellac under poly I always hear about. But proof is in the shiny pudding, er, pine. Shine on you crazy pine. Ok, I’ll stop.

-- God is great, wood is good. Let us thank Him for wood......and old hand tools.

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#5 posted 09-09-2012 12:17 AM

I like that David “Pine shine”. I don’t get it at all. Bees wax and mineral oil both mixed together and the lacquer sits on it without a problem. If I sprayed the lacquer on raw pine it would get absorbed into the grain. But the salad bowl finish sealed the wood I guess and the lacquer sat nicely on it. The Finish is baby butt silky soft! Crazy!

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#6 posted 09-09-2012 12:31 AM

This is really interesting, I’m adding this to my favorites!

Keep up the good work Tony!

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#7 posted 09-09-2012 12:38 AM

never know till you try. Cool.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#8 posted 09-09-2012 01:17 AM

Also favorited, never seen or heard of it but the result looks amazing.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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#9 posted 09-09-2012 01:42 AM

I did a similar finish but used shellac as a topcoat as I didn’t think the lacquer would stick. I used a mineral oil/wax mixture on my granddaughter’s folding stool and didn’t like the look so just brushed shellac over it. And it worked great! Wonders never cease.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#10 posted 09-09-2012 02:21 AM

Great job Timmy! This is truly amazing. That’s as shiny as some flooring some places sell. Sanding and lots of buffing really does work well.

-- Why am I wearing a respirator? Because Sawdust is DANGEROUS!

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#11 posted 09-09-2012 02:30 AM

+1 to favs… thanks for sharing!

-- John, BC, Canada

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#12 posted 09-09-2012 03:02 AM

That is a great discovery! I wonder what it would look like on a different/hard wood?

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#13 posted 09-09-2012 06:09 AM

Is that Don Lemmon on the TV??
It can’t hurt…............

-- mike...............

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#14 posted 09-09-2012 11:33 AM

Hey Mike,
It’s Don Lemmon on CNN,
My wife was watching the news while I was getting all excited about this finish. I only spent a few minutes rubbing out that finish. I wonder how much better it could get using a power buffer!

Cole, Thanks for the idea about trying it on hard wood! Got try that one for sure!

AJ, I don’t see you in the favorites? Did you forget? I like your post on “What is your favorite wood?”

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#15 posted 09-09-2012 12:20 PM

Incredible Tony. Thnx fer sharin.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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