Like any wood project that comes off of a CNC router, the Asana bot needs a lot of clean up and finishing work to shine. The majority of this is sanding and oiling before finishing with wax (or another top coat).
My current process is:
Take job off 4-axis mill and cut parts from larger block
Sand off tabs
Sand the parts from 220 -> 400
Inlay brass powder on body with CA glue
Sand body + brass to even 400
Oil parts with tung oil
Repeat #4 every 24 hours until I like the color
Sand from 400 -> 600
3 step wax on lathe buffing wheel
So much sanding. So much tung oil. Starting at 220, going up to 600 prior to waxing.
So far, the biggest challenge has been getting the brass ohm inlay right. I’m using brass powder and cyanoacrylate (CA) glue rather than attempting to inlay a solid piece of brass. My current process is: clean up the inlay area with high grit sandpaper (400+), put multiple clear coats on top, add brass powder, add CA glue, sand. Ultimately, getting a great result seems to come down to getting 3 variables correct: cut depth for the inlay, amount of clear coat before attempting inlay, and amount of inlay powder used.
For me, 2 thin coats of clear coat has been a good place start. I’m still having issues with the powder getting deep into the open grains of the walnut, but it’s significantly better than early attempts with 1 coat. 1/16”, cut with a 1/32” bit, has proven to be a good depth for the inlay cut.