Turning Archive 2007
>I was given a large turning square of lacewood. I turned a box from it and due to the way the rays appear it is not the best wood for boxes as they only show on two sides. Now the end grain is quite lovely so I decided to try a turn another box that maximized the exposure of the end grain while minimizing the exposure of the side grain. The box is still on the lathe but resembles a rounded truncated cone. Anyway I was finishing the box and when I remounted the lid to the body the air trapped inside the box blew bubbles with the finish through the end grain as I pushed the lid on. I did not realize that lacewood was quite that porous. The lid is only 3/16-1/4" thick so that may have something to do with it. I have experienced bleedback with a finish but this is my first encounter with blow back!!!!
And, no, this is not an April fools joke!
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