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Forum topic by RussellAP posted 02-07-2013 05:33 PM 548 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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RussellAP

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02-07-2013 05:33 PM

Do you finish the bottom of your bowls?

I just sand mine down and maybe one coat of poly if I do anything.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.


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Wildwood

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#1 posted 02-07-2013 05:43 PM

I finish bowl bottoms the same or little more than rest of bowl. Sometimes wish had vacuum chuck for reverse turning, sanding & finishing bottom of bowls. Been using jam chuck for reverse turning and always end up doing some sanding & finishing off the lathe.

-- Bill

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#2 posted 02-07-2013 06:21 PM

I finish the bottoms of mine. I usually use Cole jaws to do so, but want to make a donut chuck soon.

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WoodyG

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#3 posted 02-07-2013 06:52 PM

I saw this in “Architectural Digest” many years ago and have never forgotten it but I do
try to live up to it but I am self taught and have little ideal to know where to go with my
skilll set. In my humble opinion making a living at this woodworking is nearly impossible but
going to a high caliber school and even some European instruction would further your
success more than all the shop experience you can get in 20 yrs.

A laborer works with his hands…...
A craftsman works with his hands and his mind…....
An artist works with his hands and mind and heart…..

-- WoodyG

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ratchet

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#4 posted 02-07-2013 07:50 PM

People ALWAYS look! So I try to finish mine as nice as the rest of it.

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Bill White

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#5 posted 02-07-2013 08:28 PM

Finish all sides, and NEVER use polycrapithane on a nice turning. :))
Gotta remember that you asked…..............
Bill

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RussellAP

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#6 posted 02-07-2013 10:11 PM

Bill, I have been using Poly, minwax and ArmRSeal. What do you use?

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woodworkerscott

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#7 posted 02-07-2013 10:27 PM

Russell,
If you use a Poly, use a wipe-on version or make your own; simply thin the regular poly to a consistency that you can put in with a cloth. There is nothing wrong with a poly and heck of a lot of turners use it.
I also recommend a Danish Oil finish; penetrating and simple to use if done properly. Look at my gallery at my turnings…they speak for themselves.

Yes finish the bottoms of your bowls and vessels…..always finish both sides of the wood when possible. And don’t forget the paste wax when you are finished.

-- " 'woodworker'.....it's a good word, an honest word." - Sam Maloof

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RussellAP

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#8 posted 02-07-2013 10:47 PM

Scott, I do that with poly. I’m getting away from the minwax and going to GF armRseal. I use a sanding sealer first one or two coats depending on how it absorbs. Then I sand it with some 320g before the finish coats.
I haven’t had any need to sand between finish coats but I do wipe with 600g.

I love a good oiled finish, but here lately I’ve been wanting to do some light wood and oil darkens too much. I think the reason is that I work a lot with walnut, so I need a change, lol.

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#9 posted 02-07-2013 10:51 PM

General finishes wood turners finish. Dries really fast, looks awesome, “food safe” Also Poly will darken your lighter woods as well – especially arm-r-seal. According to Fine Woodworking (and from my experience) the best finish for preserving light colored wood is minwax water based wipe on ploy (not to be confused with ployrcylic).

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RussellAP

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#10 posted 02-07-2013 10:59 PM

Joe, after the shellac seal ArmRseal doesn’t darken as much. Any finish is going to darken it though. I will try the wood turners finish. I need to run out that way tomorrow anyway.

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#11 posted 02-07-2013 11:16 PM

You would be surprised at how much “as much” is when you compare arm-r-seal to wipe on water poly. give both a shot on scraps prepped in the same manor. You will see what I mean.

I love the turners polish, but it is pretty pricey – worth it in my opinion though.

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RussellAP

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#12 posted 02-07-2013 11:44 PM

Yeah, I have some turners polish. I don’t usually sand or french polish when I’m going to use poly though. If I went the wax route, I’d use it more. Darkens a lot though.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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TheDane

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#13 posted 02-08-2013 12:52 AM

Yes … I always finish the bottom.

On pens I use O.B.’s Shine Juice (mixture of shellac, DNA, and BLO) as a friction finish. On bowls I use either Deft lacquer or Mahoney’s Walnut Oil followed by carnuba wax (Beall buffing system).

—Gerry

-- 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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chasofthewood

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#14 posted 02-08-2013 12:59 AM

Many decades ago when learning to do turning in school, we finished the bottoms by flocking them. I personally finish the bottoms like I do the rest of the bowl. The goal is to “finish” the piece and maintain moisture flow into and out of the piece uniformly.

I have turnings I finished with leather bottoms.

Oh, I am a staunch Minwax kind of guy. Use the sealer/stain of choice and varnish you prefer. I never use stain varnish combined.

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lumberjoe

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#15 posted 02-08-2013 01:20 AM

Russell, I was referring to the GF stuff, I don’t think I would ever friction polish a bowl. That would be about 8$ worth of polish for a smaller bowl! I try to avoid ploy as much as possible in all my woodworking now. I really don’t like the look and the mode of application. For furniture, if I want to pop grain or darken it a bit, I’ll oil it then spray GF Enduro. If I want it natural looking, I just shoot enduro. Small turnings like pens either get some friction polish and wax, or CA and wax.

Larger turnings it’s going to depend on whether it’s ornamental or needs to be food safe. Ornamental I’m with Gerry – buffed out rattle can lacquer of some sort comes out amazing. I actually don’t like the Minwax spray lacquer though. Otherwise it’s some kind of salad bowl finish (like the GF turners finish).

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