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PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2010 1:21 am 
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Well, I really like friction finishes for turnings.... they are quick and easy. I use them for stoppers, vases, and even have used it on bowls... the biggest problem I have is that it is
1. Expensive
2. made of shellac, and therefore has a short shelf life.

I tried making a friction finish last week by mixing fresh dewaxed shellac with a bit of "howard feed and wax"
http://www.howardproducts.com/feednwax.htm

50% howards
50% shellac


I got it from home depot for a couple of bucks...

Anyway, it acts JUST LIKE the store bought friction finishes, only cures much nicer as the shellac is fresh...

Just thought I'd share,
Lawrence


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2010 1:52 pm 
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Sounds like it's worth a try.

I'll see of my HD carries it.

Thanks.

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I have used a mixture of bulls eye shellac and carnuba wax 50/50. For several years. I mix up a baby fod jar at a time and it lasts for about six months , the few times I don't use it all up soon after mixing.


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I just made my first coupla bowls and need to finish them. What is the consistency of friction finish when you apply it and how do you apply it. Is it wiped or is it thin enough to use a brush? I read somewhere that someone made a finish with bees wax and boiled linseed oil. Anybody ever tried that?

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Hi,
The friction polish I use is applied with a rag folded up like you would use for waxing. The friction between the rag and the spinning item on the lathe is what gives you the finish.

Rob W.


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I use a paper towel and use as little at once as possible to try to create thin coats. For a pen (on top of a CA finish) I might use as little as 3 or 4 drops for the entire pen. For a vase I did recently I probably only used a teaspoon or so for the entire piece- just enough to give it a thin polish

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I just mixed up a batch of my own friction polish. I used equal amounts of "howard feed and wax" and bees wax. I melted it down till they disolved, put it in a small container and placed it in the refrigerator to set up. When it set I applied it to the 2 padauk bowls that I just finished. I applied it with a rag whith the lathe spinning at low speed. Let it set for a while and then buffed it. They look fantastic. It darkened the wood a little but the grain POPPED. Thanks for the tip. I did not use any shellac. What does the shellac do in this application. The bowls are for my 2 daughters for Easter.

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To be honest, I had some purchased "shellac/wax" friction finish that I liked and was trying to duplicate it.

I like the shellac as it adds a hard film (albeit a very very thin one) into the equasion and because it is shellac it dries very fast- even without tons of heat. It also seems to really shine up when I use a beal buffer on it- and I don't have to wait for 48 hours like I do with oil, just about 20 minutes.

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