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Forum topic by coachmancuso posted 07-01-2013 03:45 PM 972 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-01-2013 03:45 PM

What does everyone use to finish their bowls? Both when you will use it for a liquid or food and even if you are just going to use it to look at. I am not sure what I am going to do with this bowl but I will be open for everything. Thanks

-- Coach Mancuso

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#1 posted 07-01-2013 04:01 PM

Display bowls – get either wipe on poly or sanding sealer (shellac) built to a shine level that I like.
User bowls for food will get walnut oil blend from Mike Mahoney and some beeswax just to keep put a satin sheen on them. If they will be used for strickly dry foods then they will either get sanded to 1000 grit and have NO finish applied at all OR a shellac matte finish.

-- USAF Ret. 2006

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#2 posted 07-01-2013 04:16 PM

For utilitarian bowls, I use Mahoney’s Walnut Oil and the Beall buffing system (carnuba). For display bowls, it can be poly, lacquer, shellac, or tung oil with the Beall system as the final step.

-- 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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#3 posted 07-01-2013 10:29 PM

I use a minimum of three coats of antique oil. More coats used when I want to build up a shine. I apply liberaly with a rage and let dry a day between coats. Then I buff. My favorite is Minwax Antique Oil which you can buy at any Ace Hardware store. You can’t get it at Lowes of HD.

-- MPax, Atlanta

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#4 posted 07-01-2013 10:52 PM

I use salad bowl finish on most of my bowls.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#5 posted 07-01-2013 11:38 PM

Walnut oil couple coats of Johnsons paste wax – quick and easy
WaterLox – high wear usage bowls
Lacquer or shellac – extra pretty and shiny depending on wood and expected usage
WoodTurnersFinish – because I like the acronym.. and if I want a quick high gloss finish with close to zero color change.

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