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Bowl from a Board #6: It's time to get this thing finished

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Blog entry by TerryDowning posted 370 days ago 730 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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When I left off, I had completed the shaping process and sanding up to 100 Grit. The trouble with Sanding is that the sanding dust often occludes tool marks. Tool marks that will definitely show once the finish is applied.

I have learned to take a step prior to any further sanding or finishing that helps show the tool marks so they can be removed before the finish is applied. I dampen a paper towel with mineral spirits (just enough to transfer some mineral spirits to the bowl’s surface.


It may be hard to show in photos, but a light application of mineral spirits does indeed display tool marks that would pop-up once finish is applied.

In this case I did find some tool marks so I wen back and removed the tool marks and did the mineral spirits wipe down again to confirm the absence of tool marks.

Next step is sealing or any coloring or tinting that needs to be done. This bowl is for me and I like the open grain of oak. So I chose to seal and bring out the grain by applying a very light coat of Boiled Linseed Oil (BLO)


Did I mention that oak, especially red oak has very op-en even porous grain structure?? This definitely needs some sealing. I chose to seal and final finish with General Finishes “Wood Turner’s Finish” (WTF). This provides a great seal and a nice sheen.

After the first application

The inside and top portion of the outside is done.

The next entry will include parting off from the waste block and dressing the bottom.

-- - Terry



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