clear live-oak bowl finish

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Forum topic by centexliveoak posted 03-02-2013 08:35 AM 1107 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-02-2013 08:35 AM

Topic tags/keywords: liveoak bowl finish clear

I have completed turning a nice bowl from Live Oak (Texas hill country). I want to have a clear finish, but everything I’ve tried on a scrap piece turns the beautiful light wood a yellow color. I can’t use a wax stick as the bowl is not a regular shape – any suggestions?

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#1 posted 03-02-2013 01:52 PM

Have you tried any water based finishes? They tend to yellow the wood less than oil based finishes. Clear shellac is another option.

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#2 posted 03-02-2013 02:51 PM

Have you tried turners finish from a food safe oil, like walnut oil. It does help on all things to seal it with some dewaxed shellac then resand with 320 or higher, really just kind of wipe the lifted grain off and sand it down smooth. This will keep some of the oil from going too deep and yellowing.

I have the same issue with stuff like BLO and other pop-oils of the day, they yellow and frankly there are much better and easier finishes out there.

If nothing else works for you, try just plain old ArmRSeal, but only if its a decor peice, you want food safe if you plan to eat off it.

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