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Oops! Feline-Based Finish


Feline-Based Finish

By Bill Esposito

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!