Michael Dresdner

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Pen polish

Monday, November 8th, 2010

Q: I am new to pen turning. Can you recommend some finishes? A: It depends largely on the pen material. Obviously, cast acrylics need no finish and can simply be buffed. Ditto for very hard or resinous woods, like rosewood, ziricote, bocote, cocobolo, lignum vitae, ebony and even boxwood. For other woods, I tend toward [...]

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Gummy bear

Friday, March 19th, 2010

Q: I’ve tried Zinsser SealCoat on wood turning as a sealer before wipe on poly. The finished result is outstanding; it did a great job of sealing spalted maple. For sanding, I use a 2″ disc in a cordless drill on low speed off the lathe with 400 grit paper. The sandpaper builds up with [...]

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Lathe finish, CA style

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

Q: How can one apply CA glue as a finish on turning projects like pens, shaving brushes, bottle stoppers, etc.? A: Good question, but one I have already covered in this blog about this time last year. Go to the page at the link below, and scroll down. The information you want is in the [...]

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Ornery ornaments

Friday, January 8th, 2010

Q: I turned Christmas ornaments of cherry wood. On one small spot about the size of a quarter, I can not get lacquer to stick to the wood. I did not get glue or oil of any kind on the wood. I used acetone to wipe down the ornament before I started spraying. A: That [...]

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I will be presenting to the Woodturners of Olympia on Thursday, August 27th 2009. The meeting will be held at the Thurston County Fairgrounds. You can find more information here.

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Finishing on the Lathe

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

In many ways, finishing on the lathe is easier than finishing in the flat, because the motor turns the work for you. Besides, most turned projects get gentle treatment and do not require very durable finishes, so you can choose your finish based on appearance and ease of application rather than toughness. But the bottom [...]

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