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Forum topic by Chad0125 posted 10-24-2012 02:09 PM 807 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-24-2012 02:09 PM

Topic tags/keywords: finish maple burl turning maple

hello all -

A guy at work brought me a maple burl to turn into a bowl (this is one half of it) so as i got started and revealed what was underneath I came into some cool spalting and knots. The question is he wants the “all natural” look and would prefer not to fill the holes/knots/or cracks with epoxy/CA/or stone etc…So if i go this route and just use some tung oil finish followed by laquer or wax everything should look ok???

thanks in advance

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#1 posted 10-24-2012 02:12 PM

If you use a tung oil “finish” you might not need anything else but the wax.


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#2 posted 10-24-2012 02:29 PM

Assuming you are talking about pure Tung oil, agree should not need anything other than wax on top of Tung oil. Only down side to pure or polymerized Tung oil is drying time. Just follow instructions for thinning with naphtha, mineral spirits, turpentine, or citrus solvent to speed up drying time.

I do not like using oil blend products end up throwing away lot of unused finishing material.

If want more than satin finish do not use Tung oil, use lacquer.

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#3 posted 10-24-2012 03:00 PM

thanks for the quick replies. so he also mentioned wanted shiney, so as i am new to the whole bowl finishing process just go ahead and finish with laquer? i assume they make a wipe on laquer that’s shiney and if you use just laquer do you still need a wax also, so many choices to finish…

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#4 posted 10-24-2012 08:15 PM

Uploaded pictures of burl

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#5 posted 10-24-2012 09:11 PM

Yes. Better go with oil finish because the natural luster, or glow, of wood under an oil finish is very attractive.

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