Candle sticks

I picked up a Harbor Freight lathe a while back. I turned my mallet handle and a paper towel holder when I first got it but this is my first real lathe project. Glued up some scrap wood last night and turned these today. It’s pretty cold here so I just finished them in some paste wax. I’m not thrilled with the finish. Is it too late to put another type of finish on them? I’ve also realized I need to get some decent gouges and a method to sharpen them. The HF gouges are junk. I was using a whetstone to sharpen. It worked but left a lot to be decided.

Woods: oak ipe maple

Tools: wood lathe

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a1jim ...

Very cool candle sticks.

oldrivers ...

You did well, nice candle sticks.

PMB Creative Works ...

I like the design and you did well in turning then. Have you tried burnishing the wood with paper from a brown paper bag, or going back and applying a coat of paste wax applied with 0000 steel wool? Won’t be glassy, but the satin finish will be so smooth. :)

Wheaties - Bruce A Wheatcroft ( BAW Woodworking) ...

Goodjob of making the design . Really nice pieces

Tim ...

PMB, I’ve never heard of the burnishing with a brown paper bag. I will try the paste wax and steel wool. Thanks, its nice to have a couple more ideas in my mental tool box.

PMB Creative Works ...

You’re welcome. And thank you for inspiring me to turn some candle sticks on the lathe. I really like how they turned out.

Here is an article on burnishing a wood surface with a brown paper bag:

http://www.popularwoodworking.com/techniques/brown-paper-bag-trick

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