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Hi again.

I just finished my latest lazy susan and placed it on the dining table. It is the first one where I used a spray application of water based varnish. Several lessons learned.
1. I should have sealed the veneer with shellac first.
2. Water based sand sealer causes the veneer to swell unevenly and thus raise the grain. This required more sanding than otherwise would have been required.
2. The water based finish is perfectly clear but does not look as vibrant as shellac or oil based varnish. Possibly a couple of coats of shellac first would have helped.
3. The water based finish is very hard and takes a 1500 grit wet sanding extremely well. I waited a week after the final coat to fully cure the finish.
4. Buffing could easily produce a piano like finish if I required it.

Oh well there's always ways to improve I just have to make all the mistakes first.
 

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fantastic absolutely beautiful great work
 
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That is beautiful!
 

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Now thats my kinda wood-workin!!! Beautiful....

David, have you looked into a random orbital buffer to work your finish schedules?

Does this have a small raised lip around the boarder?
 

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Wish my mistakes came out looking like that. Man, that is beyond awesome.
 

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There are some great wood workers on this forum and you are one of the top ones. I only wish I could come close to making something like that.

I notice you have been a member for several years with only 10 post. I and I am sure others would like to hear more from you.
 

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excellent inlay work!

I've had the same experience with water based finish. Best to pre-wet it and sand before anything else. But, in general, I don't like WB stuff for precisely the reason you cite. I usually use minwax wipe-on poly and it makes for the best possible clarity and vibrance. But that said, your finish looks pretty darn good in the pictures.
 

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WOW really great.
 

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Beautiful is the first word that comes to mind. Spectacular workmanship and I believe patience must be in there somewhere. My father did a similar piece on a serving tray before I was born(Dinosaur days) this reminds me of it. One day, maybe I will attempt something with inlays.
 

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Truly exceptional. Please post more of your work and if possible details on assembly.

We promise not to steal too many of your ideas. :wink:
 

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Spectacular

That is totally :surprise: amazing and beautiful work. Unparalleled craftsmanship! Love it! Hope you will continue to share such works of art with the rest of us. I need the inspiration and I definitely need to try harder.
 
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