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First Bowl

Though I'm quite intimidated by the things I've seen from you guys, here it is.

I roughed out several green bowls over the summer and decided to try finishing one of the smallest ones. It's ash and has one coat of BLO for now.

My wife wants to use it for a rice bowl, so I'm open for suggestions on how to complete the finish.

Thanks,
Rob
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Very nice Rock!

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Rob,

Definitely cool. Excellent choice of wood; such a nice striking grain.

Isn't turning fun?

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That is superb! I love the grain orientation.
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Very nice! I'm just getting started in bowl turning too.
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Nice first bowl. Good job. As far as finish, I'm in the "all finishes are food safe once they are cured" camp.

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Looking great Rob man!!!! (the bowl is nice too)
Fantastic job on the bowl. I had some rough wet logs that I was going to rough turn and I'm going to have to now. As far as the finish goes, I like to seal the pieces with a tung oil and buff them with the beall finishing system. The carnuba wax gives the most amazing shine when you are done. Others may have better ways, but this is what I like to do.
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Very impressive bowl, especially considering it's your first one. Agree with Phinds comment about it being such a striking grain.

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Though I'm quite intimidated by the things I've seen from you guys, here it is.

I roughed out several green bowls over the summer and decided to try finishing one of the smallest ones. It's ash and has one coat of BLO for now.

My wife wants to use it for a rice bowl, so I'm open for suggestions on how to complete the finish.

Thanks,
Rob
Hello rocklobster, in all of my woodworking projects that involved food being placed in/on it such as a bowl or cutting board, I have always used Mineral Oil NOT mineral spirits It's cheap and can be found in a stores like Williams-Sonoma, or any drug store--the last bottle I purchased was at Target, in the pharmacy dept. It says on the bottle, can be used for cutting boards and wooden kitchen utensils.

I don't mind using BLO for certain things, but when the label on the can says rags that have soaked in BLO may spontaneously ignite, I try not to use it as much.

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I have a bowl I made some 25 years ago (good grief I'm getting old) that we've used for cereal, candy, dip, and all kinds of stuff. The only finish on it is wax. I have no idea whether it's food safe, but no one has gotten sick from it in that time so I'm comfortable with it. I hit it again every few years and rewax by hand.
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Thanks, everyone, for the nice comments. I like the way the grain turned out, too, but that was just luck.

I am more concerned about how a finish will hold up to repeated washings than anything else. I should have mentioned that. But after reading your thoughts and doing a little research, I've decided to try Watco Danish Oil. I'll see how it goes.

I may try wax on the next one, since it didn't kill Frank and it sounds like it held up well. I'm going to have to look into this beall finishing system that I've seen mentioned a few times.

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Nice job on the bowl Rob. That should make a fine bowl to eat some rice out of.

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