Like other woodturners, I use a lot of different finishing materials on my projects—sanding sealer, oils, and stains.

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Like other woodturners, I use a lot of different finishing materials on my projects—sanding sealer, oils, and stains. My small turnings don't require much finish, so until recently, I was spending more time cleaning applicators than applying finish.

Now, to save time (and finish), I keep a tied-off ball of cotton cloth cut from an old T-shirt in each can of finishing material. I just grab the cloth from the bottom of the can with wooden tongs, daub on the finish, then drop it back in the can, where it stays until I need it for the next bowl or candlestick.
—Bob Edwards, San Antonio, Texas