• Harold Bowern

Playing with stains - Part 2

Updated: Jun 24


Completed!!

I decided to try something new as a finishing technique with this Maple bowl. I wanted to make the colours from the Chestnut Products Spirit Stains Rainbow Colours collection stand out more on the top rim..

So while still mounted on the chuck, I applied two coats of my sanding sealer, letting each coat fully dry and denibbing with 1000 grit sanding paper between coats. This sets the colours up for further finishing.

I then took the piece off the chuck and placed it on some paper towels over the lathe bed and took a spray can of MinWax fast drying Polyurethane Clear Semi-Gloss and applied four light coats denibbing between coats, to the complete top of bowl.

After the Polyurethane had completely dried, I rechucked the piece. I applied two coats of Hampshire Sheen Microcrystalline Wax, buffing each coat at 300 and 600 rpm. The colours came alive!

Now to address the bowl sides. I rechucked the bowl. I could access the side freely without damaging my chuck, so I thought this was the best method to use for the side. I used a round carbide cutter as a shear scrapper and removed all tool marks. Using my angle drill with a 2" round sander attachment and sanded from 120 - 320 grit, removing the dust with a tack cloth between grits. I applied two coats of the Yorkshire Original grit abrasive paste, buffing each application at around 300 rpm then at 600 rpm. I applied two coats of Hampshire Sheen Microcrystalline Wax, buffing each application at 300 and 600 rpm. Now I need to address the foot of the bowl

To finish the bowl foot I mounted the bowl in my cole jaws, placing a folded piece of paper towel between the bowl top and the face of the cole jaws. Using my angle drill with a 2" round sander attachment and sanded from 120 - 320 grit, removing the dust with a tack cloth between grits. I applied a coat of my sanding sealer and denib with 1000 grit sanding paper after it had dried. I signed and dated the bottom of the bowl. I applied two coats of the Yorkshire Original grit abrasive paste, buffing each application at around 300 rpm then at 600 rpm. I applied two coats of Hampshire Sheen Microcrystalline Wax, buffing each application at 300 and 600 rpm. Finished!!

Well I learned a few things about using Chestnut Products Spirit Stains Rainbow Colours. Since these are alcohol based stains they first should be applied in a well ventilated area and you should wear a mask that is rated for handling paint fumes. The colours themselves were easy to apply and were quite vibrant when applied and after the finishing process, as compared to my last project using Hampshire Sheen waterbased Intrinsic Colours. Both have there place in colouring of pieces of woodturnings. I think it depends on the look you are going for as to your choice of product.

This is just the beginning of my experimentation into colouring wood turnings. Next maybe a coloured peppermill or box 😎.

Stay tuned for the next post.

Thanks for stopping by and reading this article.

Until next time, See you back in the workshop!


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