Black Walnut Finish

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Project by John posted 06-05-2017 08:40 PM 800 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The first bowl is finished with Boiled Linseed Oil and Wipe on Poly. 6” X 2.5”.

The second is finished with a Salad Bowl Finish. 4.5” X 2.6”.

The sanding process for each was the same.

I keep asking people’s opinion on the type of finish they like and I’m surprised when the answer is the natural look. Now that warm weather is here I’ll only be using the Poly, I just love the way it makes the wood look.

It doesn’t seem to matter what type of wood I’ve used, I always prefer the Poly finish.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#1 posted 06-05-2017 08:42 PM

I agree with you; the poly always seems to make the grain stand out more!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#2 posted 06-05-2017 09:07 PM

I prefer the poly myself just for the shine alone. Sometimes I use lacquer also to get a shiny finish. On a few occasions the salad bowl finish is perfect for that low sheen and safety issue.

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

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#3 posted 06-05-2017 09:28 PM

nice looking bowls, great finish

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 06-06-2017 12:45 AM

Nice bowl and a nice high polish finish. Did you spin it when applying the Poly or do it off the lathe?

cheers, Jim

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

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#5 posted 06-06-2017 02:06 AM

Off the lathe Jim, in the garage. Too much dust in my little shop.

Dave, good point about the safety issue, I do use the salad bowl finish or mineral oil for projects that will touch food.

Thanks for the comments Brian and rjR!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#6 posted 06-06-2017 03:38 AM

Nice bowls, think you would like the OSMO finishes and they are food safe, just a bit more work to apply.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#7 posted 06-06-2017 07:33 PM

Great shapes on those bowls, but I also prefer the poly finish – it just looks more “finished” to me. Thanks for posting.

-- Leafherder

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#8 posted 06-06-2017 07:54 PM

This is a good looking bowl. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#9 posted 06-06-2017 09:20 PM

I like both of these for what they are :) The shine from the poly is great and the finish for each bowl seems to suits the shape.

-- Wood Yogi - Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success. - Swami Sivananda

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