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post #1 of 5 Old 12-16-2009, 01:15 PM Thread Starter
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bowl finishing

What is your favorite finish for a bowl. I know there are 100's of options, but what works the best for you under the following requirements:

Gloss finish?
Matte finish?
Bowl used for general stuff (like a table centerpiece)?
Bowl used to hold food (yea I understand the "when cured" deal, I just wanted to know if you would do something different)?

In what applications do you use sanding sealer?

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post #2 of 5 Old 12-16-2009, 04:32 PM
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I started out using matte and I think it's the most natural but have been using gloss here lately. I use minwax wipe on poly apply it with the lathe off and then turn the lathe on to wipe it off. That seems to polish it a bit. I've been using the same thing for decorative and utility bowls.
As you know my experience is quite limited so take it what it's worth.

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I have been using a danish oil I mix myself.I don't like the high gloss,I like the natural looking finish best.I only use sanding sealer on soft woods,like spaulted woods that is starting to get soft.I also use this mix on all my boxes.

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So far, I have made about 20 bowls and finished all of them with Watco Butcher Block Oil. I have used for spalted maple, walnut, cherry, cedar, tulip poplar, and pine.
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I keep playing with finishes but always come back to the same 2 for my show bowls. Lacquer thinned 50/50 with lacquer thinner and sprayed on or minwax wipe on poly. These bowls aren't meant for use other than to put on the table as a decorative item.
for use bowls which I make very little of, I have used Walnut oil. I have been wanting to try some of the Walnut oil from Mike Mahoney but haven't ordered it yet.
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