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post #1 of 8 Old 10-28-2010, 08:25 PM Thread Starter
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Rosewood Bowl

Segmented rosewood bowl made from t&g flooring. Used polyeurathane for the finish but doesn't want to dry. Should I wait another day or try another finish?
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post #2 of 8 Old 10-28-2010, 10:29 PM
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i just had the same issue with a cocobolo pepper mill i made . I let it go for about 2 WEEKS and it still was tacky . It could be do to the high sap in the wood or the change in temp ,depending on where you live. I got ticked off at mine at the second week, it was like i just sprayed it 2 hrs prior, so i hit it with some lacquer, same type of finish and seemed to help the issue out. I resanded it and didn't have an issue after that. I only did what i did, because of the fact it wasn't dry and i needed to try to dry it to sand it and it worked. dumb luck but i would allow it to dry in a place where there is little to no humidity. i wouldn't try what i did, only cause i don't want to be the fool that messed your beautiful piece up!!!!
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You say "rosewood" but itsounds like you have cocobolo (which IS a rosewood but is usually called cocobolo). Polyurethane can take months to dry on cocobolo unless you first put down a couple of barrier coats of dewaxed shellac in which case it will dry within an hour or so just like on most surfaces.

Its the natural oil in the cocobolo that causes the problem.

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post #4 of 8 Old 10-28-2010, 11:19 PM
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I don't know about the finish problem but that's a beautiful bowl.

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Very nice looking bowl.
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Awesome looking bowl, segmented bowls are so cool. Can't wait to try one!
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very nice looking Bowl


"Just because your not bleeding, don't mean your turning safely"..
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Nice looking bowl. Might as well find a way to remove that poly. Phinds is 100% right. Oil based finishes generally don't dry properly or completely on oily woods like cocobolo, bocote, etc. A couple base coats of dewaxed shellac are a must if you want to have a clear finish.
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