A Pair of Fast Finishes for Small Turnings
A quick, solid finish We like turner's finish for decorative bowls, plates, vases, and other vessels. For small turnings, like pens, pencils, and similar projects, though, we prefer HUT Wood Finish (available from HUT Products for Wood, 800/547-5461, or Craft Supplies USA). This proprietary blend of waxes and polishing compounds comes in stick form, making application neat and virtually foolproof.
HUT offers three varieties -- HUT Wood Finish, a satin finish for general lathe work; Perfect Pen Polish, a satin finish formulated for pens; and high-gloss Perfect Pen Polish. You apply all three the same way.
Run the lathe at 2500 rpm or faster (or the highest speed that's safe for the size of your workpiece). Then, starting at one end of the turning, press the stick of finish against the surface, as shown in the photo at left. Move it slowly toward the other end, covering the surface evenly. Apply the stick to the lower portion of the turning, where it's rotating away from you.
Next, rub a cloth pad or crumpled-up paper towel hard against the rotating object to burnish the finish, as shown left. The heat of friction melts the finish into the surface, and the pad picks up the excess. As with the French polish, hold the pad in such a way that it will pull free of your hand instantly if it snags on the turning. After burnishing, buff the rotating turning with a clean pad.
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