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Project by John posted 12-03-2015 10:52 PM 661 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finished this bowl with a food safe oil. It really turned the wood dark for some reason. This has happened to me before, don’t know why. Gave the bowl as a gift, was around 9.5” x 4”, don’t have it to measure. I do like the dark colour.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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Mark Wilson

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#1 posted 12-03-2015 11:19 PM

This one, John, made a noise come out of me. It’s grand. To what level did you sand it before oiling? Cedar is a very open-grained wood, like Redwood. I, also have had many pieces go dark due to the soaking up of oil. The oil has something to do with it, as well. I’ve found that Walnut and Danish cause more color change than BLO. Be that as it may, I’ve had it in my head for a long time that, the finer the grit you go to, the more the pores get filled, and the less the soaking. Sealing with Shellac or sanding sealer (which is Shellac by another name) is supposed to do the same thing. This bowl is fantastic, John. It’s much more burly than the other two. I love it, squared.

-- Mark

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 12-03-2015 11:45 PM

Beautiful bowl, John!!

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

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#3 posted 12-04-2015 12:14 AM

Hi Mark, 400 is as fine as I go now, 600 doesn’t seem to do anything more for me. I used to sand on the lathe to 400 but I only go to 180 now, too much glazing. I do 220, 280, 320, and 400 in a lawn chair with the sun shining on it. I’m trying different oils and waxes, but the BLO and poly (I think) really allows me to see the beauty in the wood.

My son just bought me 2 4” LED fixtures for my small shop. I put them up last night. What a difference, amazing light, and I was shocked at the pretty much empty fixture, never seen a set up like this before. I may not have to wait for a sunny day to see the tiny scratches that I want sanded out.

Thanks Jim.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#4 posted 12-04-2015 12:29 AM

Outstanding work, John!!!

-- PaulMayer,

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#5 posted 12-04-2015 03:39 AM

Thanks Paul.

I see I goofed on the fixture size, it is 4 feet long, not 4 inches.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#6 posted 12-04-2015 02:13 PM

Great looking bowl. I’ve never seen cedar that looked like that. Very eye catching.

-- Barry,

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#7 posted 12-04-2015 02:29 PM

The older The cedar is the darker it becomes, it may have come from an old growth tree in its prime of life. The wood of one that is younger and actively growing the wood is lighter and can have lots is different shades of colour.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#8 posted 12-04-2015 04:26 PM

Thanks all.

Brian the burls came from a landing so I’ll never know what the age of the tree was, but that makes sense, good point.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#9 posted 12-04-2015 06:21 PM

A lovely rich piece of timber there john, very nicely done

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#10 posted 12-04-2015 08:22 PM

hi love the bowl very nice and the dark


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