Dull Side / Shiny side

Discussion in 'Tutorials and Tips' started by Stan Halgas, Feb 18, 2012.

  1. Stan Halgas

    Stan Halgas

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    I recently turned a Pepper Mill out of Black Walnut. I sanded with all the grits 150,180,240,320,500 and applied Tried and True (Polmerized Linseed Oil and Natural Resin Varnish). I noticed one side of the Mill has a nice shine and the other side sort of looking dull. Question Is it the wood or did I do something wrong in the process.:):)
     
  2. john lucas

    john lucas

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    One side may be absorbing more finish. It will probably take more coats. Let it dry at least 24 hours after the first coat and then use steel wool or 3M pads to sand it down. Then apply another coat. I usually apply 1 coat day until it becomes glossy. If it's a porous wood you can see the gloss inside the pores after you steel wool it. When you can't see the pores anymore so the whole piece is satin looking then it will only take one or two more coats to get a very high gloss.
     
  3. MichaelMouse

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    Walnut, eh? The side sucking finish a touch lighter in color and softer to a fingernail than the other? Seems they steam the stuff to darken the sapwood in a kiln. Log does a bit of its own if the bark's left on for a couple months. Might be your problem.
     
  4. dkulze

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    did you turn the blank end grain or side grain?
     

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