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Got a 3/8" bowl gouge and I turned my first plate this weekend out of maple. Rough but what fun!!!!

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I finished it with beeswax

What do you guys use to finish bowls & plates?
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Looks like you are much better with a bowl gouge than I am. What's your secret?

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Secret???

I don't have any. I'm brand spanking new at this.

A woodturning friend showed me how to keep that thing scary sharp.....

It was cutting the dry maple like butter....

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My favorite finish for bowls lately is a 4 step process.
1/2 pound cut shellac as a sanding sealer after 120 grit. Re sand with 120 through 320-400. Apply 2-3 coats of a shellac/walnut oil/carnuba wax finish (one I use I get at my local Woodcraft and is from a company called Doctors Woodshop). Last step is to wet sand on the lathe with 600 grit and pure walnut oil. I'll post some pics later.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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When first started out soaked bowls in mineral oil, set aside letting excess oil drip off for a week and wiped dry like crazy. Moved on and tried: Behlen oil varnish, Behlen Salad Bowl Finish, Watco Danish Oil another oil varnish mix, Pure Tung oil, Shellac, Polyurethane oil and water based. Have applied furniture wax over some bowls, others did not bother.

Although easy to repair a wax, is a decoration and not a finish. Same can be said for oil finishes. Oil and wax provide little protection for wood, and need re-application.

Comes down to wood species and ultimate use, level of protection, and sheen you want. With exception of mineral oil wanted something that could apply will bowl still on the lathe. Now use a combination of applying finish on lathe and the off lathe.
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