I’m still playing around with my hand mirror project. I’m trying to perfect my techniques.
This mirror was done in Birch. I figured this was a nice, fine grained wood. Coming off the CNC the finish felt beautiful. Attached is a copy of the finish toolpath. Very little finishing was needed.
The finish on it is Walnut Watco Danish Oil. I cured it in the oven with the light on for about a day, then buffed it out.
My question is about the end grain… It seems a problem mostly on the top left, but in other places, also. There is a slight taper from the center along the vertical. Since the toolpath was 90°, would I be better off cutting 135° or 0° to take a sharper cut on the grain. Or, do I simply have a finishing problem? The finish definitely made that end grain stand out.