After reading that burnishing lathe-turned objects with
wood shavings leaves a lustrous, silky smooth finish, I
decided to try it on the goblet I had turned the day
before. I returned to my basement shop, reached down
and grabbed a handful of shavings from the pile that
had accumulated at the base of the lathe.
I started the lathe and pressed the shavings
against the spinning goblet. What a great technique!
But then I noticed an awful smell. I
removed my hand and sniffed the shavings.
Phew! Evidently, our cat had used the pile of
shavings as a litter box—I’d polished my goblet
with essence of cat pee!