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Raftermonkey

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1442 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: question tip manzanita burl lathe turning finishing beeswax bowl

Hey everybody, I am working on a Manzanita Burl bowl and have a couple questions about the finish. I have turned the outside of the bowl and have sanded it down to 220 grit. I then took a brown paper bag and kinda polished it with it turning on the lathe. I really don’t know why I did that. I just had a bag laying close by, picked it up and rubbed the bowl with it,haha. I guess I thought it would remove the dust. I really don’t know if it did anything special to the bowl, but it does seem to have a little shine to it like you would get after polishing. I dunno. Anyway, I am really liking the way it looks and the way it feels (warm and natural). I don’t want to put any finish on it at all to be honest, but I have never just left a bowl unfinished and don’t know what the consequences are. If ya’ll do suggest that I put a finish on it, I have got some beeswax that I have been wanting to try out, but have no idea of what the finished product looks and feels like. Has anybody used beeswax? What can I expect if I don’t put a finish on it? What can I expect if I use the beeswax?

The bowl blank is full of bark inclusions and some pretty serious checking. It has dried to about 11% moisture content right now. Here’s some pics, just because I like looking at pics when someone is asking about something.haha
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-- -Zeke- "I hate to rush off, but I gotta go see a man about a log"


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Raftermonkey

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#1 posted 1442 days ago

Not sure why the first pic didn’t get posted. It’s a better pic than the one that showed up.

-- -Zeke- "I hate to rush off, but I gotta go see a man about a log"

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#2 posted 1442 days ago

Maybe some mostly clear natural oil then a wax topcoat? I’m thinking mineral (salad bowl finish), Tung or Teak.

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Raftermonkey

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#3 posted 1442 days ago

I went ahead and finished it with Watco Butcher Block oil. I’ll put a second coat on it tomorrow. I would still like to know more about using beeswax if anyone wants to elaborate.

Thanks,

-- -Zeke- "I hate to rush off, but I gotta go see a man about a log"

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FrankLad

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#4 posted 1442 days ago

Interesting piece!

Mike Mahoney sells walnut oil as well as an oil/carnauba/beeswax solution, primarily for bowl turners. (I use his oil in wooden rings for folks wanting an all-natural, low-gloss finish.)

Walnut penetrates the wood and – given time, heat/UV, etc. – polymerizes. It’s a food-safe, easy-to-reapply solution.
http://www.bowlmakerinc.com/finishes.html

With the wax, you can build a little more sheen…
http://www.bowlmakerinc.com/catalognew.html?Iit=14&Ict=3

-- Frank, Mississippi, Handcrafted wooden rings - http://www.bentwoodrings.com

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