A couple of blogs ago I showed those photos of construction lumber that is going on the roof of our seniors centre in Ancaster.
This is what the wood in the right hand photograph turned into:
The bowl is not flawless, the wood was a bit chippy and so there are a couple of places that are only 95% good, not the 100% for which we all strive. By the time the finish was applied the bowl is smooth but there are a couple of character marks that are visible.
I used a dead easy finish on the bowl today.
I sanded the bowl to 000 steel wool and the put three thick coats of paste wax on the bowl and polished it with a cotton cloth. I do like waxing on the lathe, all you do is stand there are think smooth thoughts.
The set up on the lathe was one that I haven't used before.
Working on a wood lathe is a seriously messy business but the wood chips are not as big a problem as the very fine dust that the sanding process creates.
For this particular project I had a perfect dust collection set up so there was nearly no fine saw dust.
By laying the business end of my dust collector on the off side of the bowl I captured nearly all the dust. That trick will make all my lathe work easier. I don't mind the big stuff I just wade through it and track it around the house, but I hate getting my nose full of dust. ( I also hate dust masks, my glasses fog up if I wear a dust mask for long).
The wood has character, and is not too tough to work with, and it is free. Free is good.