Small Salad Bowl

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Project by unknownwoodworker posted 12-26-2008 06:27 PM 1404 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The last bowl I made was from myrtle scrap from a friend. I mentioned I had another piece I couldn’t wait to dig into. Well here it is. I just finished it Christmas Eve and gave it to Mrs. ? yesterday. WOW what a reaction. She loved it.

It’s 8” in diameter and 3” high. It’s finished in a food safe oil.

-- ??? My mistakes heat the house. It's very warm in here. ???

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#1 posted 12-26-2008 07:20 PM

What a pleasant surprise. Your lathe work is indeed progressing. This bowl is beautiful !

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#2 posted 12-26-2008 07:42 PM

Yes, indeed your lathe work is getting much better. I like this bowl and I can well understand why you put this wood aside. The bowl “turned” out beautifully.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 12-26-2008 07:45 PM

Nice bowl.
I don’t know how much you have worked with Myrtle wood (really California Bay Laurel) but with a oil finish it will progressively get darker and darker, losing most of it’s contrasting color and character.
To retain the bright color it must be sealed. I usually use Behlen’s salad bowl finish, 3 to 4 coats or if you can’t get that brand try General’s salad bowl finish. Generals is thinner and takes more applications but both stand up well if reasonable care is taken and somebody doesn’t put it in the dishwasher (-:
Look up the Buffet and clock I posted last week for an idea of what happens. The buffet was sealed and the clock was oiled.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#4 posted 11-11-2011 03:11 PM

I have started finishing with a water based urethane and build it to about 5-6 coats they dry pretty fast and this can be done on the lathe in about 20-30 minutes 5 minutes between coats. After a week of drying it’s completely sealed and food safe

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