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kentonjm

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I have been preparing for a large 3 day art & crafts festival that starts today. I dont mind the production turning but I am sick of finishing for a while!

Here is the batch of Bottle Stoppers and Pepper Mills I completed last weekend.
 

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kentonjm

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Looking good!! I hope you do well at the festival.
What finishing process are you using?
I am pretty much using Doctors woodshop process and products. Wet sand with walnut oil, a couple of coats of his high build friction polish and then 3 of Pens Plus. I do now buy the Walnut oil by the gallon from somewhere else.
 

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Jon, Nice looking pieces ! I am interested in how the finish as you described using holds up in the long term? Like does it still look good after a lot of use or does it tend to wear down quickly.
 

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Jon, Nice looking pieces ! I am interested in how the finish as you described using holds up in the long term? Like does it still look good after a lot of use or does it tend to wear down quickly.
Thanks Albert, in terms of longevity of the finish its hard to say to be exact. Unlike pens most stoppers tend to be for display and rarely are handled on a daily basis. I can tell you that I have a few cork stoppers that have been around for nearly a year (they dont move as quick) and they get handled most weeks as I put them on display at the markets I attend and the finish looks just fine. If you want to give them an extra something you can always add a light coat of micro-crystal wax.

I did try CA finish early on but found it a PITA for stoppers.

FWIW I sold about half this batch at last weekends show so the customers thought the finish looked and felt good :)
 
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