Ficus Bowl #4

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Project by Mark Wilson posted 09-12-2015 06:36 AM 599 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So excited was I with my new-found finishing technique that I turned this bowl last night after dinner, finished the outside the “old way” – Elbow Grease/BLO/Elbow Grease/Shellac/Elbow Grease, etc., etc., – then finished the inside with the “new way” – Shine Juice -, today, for comparison. Same thing, only different. Same shine. Same beautiful finish. The difference? Two hours for the “old way”, fifteen (mebees) twenty minutes for the “new way”. What do you think I going to be doing from now on? Anyone who’s ever read me babbling on about the way I finished things lately -and you know who you are – nevermind.
The last three photos are of that from whence this stupendous bit of wood issued forth.
Some photos in which you can get a better view of the inside of this bowl. I thought these pieces looked nice together.

The subtitle of this bowl, by the bye, is “Are You Freaking Kidding Me? So Much Time Wasted. The ‘Old Way’. Phhhhhht.”

-- Mark

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#1 posted 09-12-2015 06:56 AM

Very nice Mark, and good to find a better way to finish.

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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Mark Wilson

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#2 posted 09-12-2015 08:37 AM

Thank you, Bob.

-- Mark

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#3 posted 09-12-2015 10:20 AM

Great finish Mark.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#4 posted 09-12-2015 11:52 AM

Super nice pieces and great finisih, Mark.


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 09-12-2015 12:54 PM

Nice work. They sure have a great sheen to them.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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woodshaver (Tony)

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#6 posted 09-12-2015 01:42 PM

Nice work indeed Mark. Now where’s the candy?

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#7 posted 09-12-2015 01:48 PM

Gonna have to try me some of that Shine Juice!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#8 posted 09-12-2015 03:50 PM

Mark, When you refer to “Shine Juice”, are you referring to three parts blonde shellac, three parts BLO, and three parts DNA??

-- Rockbuster,Ft. Wayne,In It is far better to remain silent, and appear the fool, than it is to open ones mouth, and remove all doubt.

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#9 posted 09-12-2015 04:29 PM

Keep the projects coming Mark, they are looking great! Doesn’t seem to matter how you finish them, they all have a coat that shows off the wood.


-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#10 posted 09-12-2015 06:40 PM

Shine? This guy used to make the best stuff! . (extra points if you know who this is)

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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Mark Wilson

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#11 posted 09-12-2015 09:35 PM

Thank you. Thank you. And, thank you.
Tony, if you run out of MMs, eat shellac. That’s what the candy coating is made of, you know.
Don, precisely, except that it’s 1/3-1/3-1/3, so it’s 1:1:1.
John, thank. It means a lot to me.
Joe, could that be the world-famous O.B., from whom Captain Eddy got the formula?

-- Mark

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