Finishing question, what do yall think?

  • Advertise with us

« back to Woodworking Skill Share forum

Forum topic by Raftermonkey posted 08-19-2010 08:01 PM 1182 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View Raftermonkey's profile


560 posts in 2912 days

08-19-2010 08:01 PM

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

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

4 replies so far

View Raftermonkey's profile


560 posts in 2912 days

#1 posted 08-19-2010 08:04 PM

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"

View NathanAllen's profile


376 posts in 3144 days

#2 posted 08-19-2010 09:42 PM

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

View Raftermonkey's profile


560 posts in 2912 days

#3 posted 08-20-2010 12:06 AM

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.


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

View FrankLad's profile


273 posts in 3309 days

#4 posted 08-20-2010 04:31 AM

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.

With the wax, you can build a little more sheen…

-- Frank, Mississippi, Original Bentwood Rings -

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics