Turning Archive 2006

Subject:
Finish for buckeye burl? *PIC*

Ellis Walentine
>I just finished turning a piece that I started at Bill Grumbine's picnic last weekend. Now I'm all set to finish it, but I am undecided whether to go with something clear and water white, e.g. lacquer (in which case I will have to go back and put in a lot more sanding), or something like my old standby, Waterlox. From past experience with spongy wood, I have the feeling that the amber color of the varnish and its penetrating qualities will turn the blue and white buckeye burl to a brown, murky mess. The other alternative I've considered is clear shellac and wax, but I don't think it will show off the curly burly figure nor saturate the blue colors.

Usually, I just run a few tests on scrap, but in this case, I don't have another piece of buckeye that I can play with. Any insights from people who have confronted this choice before?

Thanks,
Ellis Walentine, Host

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