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Six Finishes for Woodturners: Match the Products with the Project
By Nick Cook
There is no one finish suitable for all of your woodturning projects. So where do you start when selecting the right one? The criteria for choosing the most appropriate finish for your turning include the type of wood, the project’s size and intended use, durability, drying time, desired sheen (satin or gloss), ease of application, solvent or water-based, cleanup, repairability, and whether the finish can be used with food. While that’s a mouthful, I’ve simplified the selection process by focusing on six finishes that pretty much cover the gamut from small daily-use turnings to furniture parts . . .
Compact Lathe Stand
By David Heim
Every lathe deserves a nice stand—a sturdy workstation that won’t wobble or vibrate while you work. This mini lathe stand does a good job of meeting these requirements—and it’s portable. The materials required should leave you with some extra cash to spend on turning tools or nice turning blanks. My stand is sized to provide a compact but ample platform for a mini lathe. I made room in the cabinet for a couple of concrete blocks to give the unit extra mass—very helpful when turning bowls and other large blanks. You can easily accessorize your stand by adding tool holders . . .
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