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Walnut Bowl - CA Finish

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Project by TheDane posted 09-23-2013 08:13 PM 1173 views 3 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This bowl is black walnut and measures 160mm (6 1/4”) in diameter and 58mm (2 1/4”) high.

The finish is 9 coats of CA, buffed and waxed.

I followed a finishing schedule that Eddie Castelin (http://www.eddiecastelin.com) has been showing in his UStream and YouTube videos. I used two coats of Deft sanding lacquer (thinned 50/50), sanding through the grits (80 to 240) between coats. After the second seal coat, I sanded through 800 grit, and wiped the piece down with CA accelerator on a paper towel. I then applied 3 coats of thin CA, sanded with 800 grit, cleaned the surface with CA accelerator, and did three more coats of thin CA. Sanded with 800 grit again, cleaned the surface with CA accelerator, and did the last three coats of thin CA. I followed the CA by buffing with white diamond, then carnauba wax on the Beall System.

The finishing procedure sounds a lot tougher than it is … it only took a little over an hour to do the CA.

The pictures don’t do it justice. I was surprised by the chatoyance, and happy with the hard surface … it looks like it was dipped in plastic.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"





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doubleDD

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#1 posted 09-23-2013 08:19 PM

Wow! That is a beautiful finish to the bowl. It sure looks like it paid off. I also like the change of grain inside the bowl. Well done Gerry.

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

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BENTWOOD

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#2 posted 09-23-2013 08:59 PM

Very nice! How do you apply the CA finish on that big of a surface?

-- http://www.bentwoodjewelrydesigns.com

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TheDane

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#3 posted 09-23-2013 09:06 PM

I use a quarter sheet of a Bounty paper towel folded into a pad about an inch wide and about 3 inches long … squirt some thin CA on one end of the paper towel and with the lathe running at about 300rpm make one quick swipe. Wait a minute or so for the CA to setup, then repeat with the other end of the pad. I never try to re-use the pad.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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Arlin Eastman

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#4 posted 09-23-2013 09:09 PM

Dane

Nicely done. Would it have been easier to use Wipe on Poly? I have watched the Capt do alot of his videos and love him. I have done alot of pens in CA and found that over 3 to 4 years they tend to get small hair line cracks in them.

Let me know how yours works out.

Arlin

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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TheDane

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#5 posted 09-23-2013 10:43 PM

Arlin … Maybe. I think using CA is a result of the quest for the ‘instant gratification’ thing.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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LesB

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#6 posted 09-24-2013 12:02 AM

I have tried the CA and as Arlin said it doesn’t seem to hold up. I’m not even too fond of Wipe on Poly.
My best and most durable results come from salad bowl finishes from Behlen or General. Behlen is a bit heavier and takes fewer coats but both need to be lightly sanded every couple of coats. The only failures I have had with that finish was one friend who used the bowl so much they wore through the finish….that was almost daily use for several years.
I see on other projects you have used walnut oil. That is great stuff but needs touching up if the bowl or cutting board is used very much. Still easier to do than trying to fix a hard finish.

-- Les B, Oregon

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TheDane

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#7 posted 09-24-2013 12:10 AM

Les … The truth be told, the only reason I used the CA was I was playing around and decided to give it a whirl. My go-to finish for bowls will likely remain Mahoney’s Walnut Oil … it is easy to apply, looks great, and is easy to maintain.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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Joe Lyddon

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#8 posted 09-24-2013 04:02 AM

Beautiful lil bowl…

Perfect for nuts, etc.

COOL

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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drbyte

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#9 posted 09-24-2013 01:32 PM

Beautiful bowl!! Do you ever use lacquer? I use multiple coats, maybe 10 to 12, Deft thined 50-50. It dries nearly as fast as CA!

-- Dennis, WV

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TheDane

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#10 posted 09-24-2013 01:58 PM

Yes, I have used lacquer on turnings, but only when I when I have been able to spray it (Christmas ornaments, pendants, etc.). Maybe I’ll give it a shot as a wipe-on finish sometime.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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ldl

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#11 posted 09-24-2013 03:06 PM

Beautiful turning, beautiful wood and beautiful finish.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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helluvawreck

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#12 posted 09-24-2013 03:38 PM

Gerry, that’s a beautiful bowl for sure.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Ronald G Campbell

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#13 posted 09-25-2013 01:42 PM

Great finish. I have not yet done a CA finish on a big piece. Looks like I might have to try it. Great job

-- Ron Campbell https://www.facebook.com/ronald.g.campbell

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TheDane

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#14 posted 09-25-2013 02:54 PM

Ron … I just had to try it, and I’m not sure a bowl was the right form to do it with. The inside of the bowl was a bear to get decent coverage with a single swipe of CA … a couple of coats produced swirls with minute ridges that I had to sand out before re-coating.

I have seen videos where Eddie Castelin finished with CA, but the pieces were hollow spheres with no CA finish applied to the inside. A single swipe across a convex sphere would be a lot easier than something concave like a bowl.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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lumberjoe

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#15 posted 09-26-2013 02:59 AM

I’ve been wondering if CA finishing on a larger piece was possible. Looks like you answered it! I need a bowl for my shaving brush/soap. It’s going to get very wet very often, so CA fits the bill well

What CA did you use? Stickfast has a really long open time for a CA glue. That may prevent some of the swirls. I haven’t tried it yet because I also heard it has a tenancy to blush easily.

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