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12-08-2008 10:57 PM

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What are some of the best finishes for edible and non-ebible bowls? Any suggestions are appreciated. Thanks!

-- I like trees ...... as long as their by the board foot.

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#1 posted 12-08-2008 11:18 PM

I have been using Walnut oil for my salad bowls. It still needs to be re-coated from time to time but it doesn’t turn rancid. It does give the wood a slightly darker finish.

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#2 posted 12-09-2008 12:24 AM

Don’t use nut oils because some people with nut allergies my be affected.

Salad Bowl Finish by General Finishes.

Mineral Oil and wax.

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#3 posted 12-09-2008 05:39 AM

I use wipe-on poly, lacquer or spar varnish. Once the finish has fully cured, it is food safe. The best way to tell if it is fully cured is to sniff it. If it still smells like finish, it has not fully cured yet.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#4 posted 12-09-2008 02:52 PM

Tje December issue of “Fine Woodworking” has an article written by Mike Mahoney that covers this subject. He goes through the various methods giving the pros and cons of the different methods. If you don’t get FWW, I am sure your local library will have it. pkennedy

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#5 posted 12-10-2008 08:48 PM

Thank you all. Ill cheak out that FWW article and prolly invest in the salad bowl finish. Thanks again!

-- I like trees ...... as long as their by the board foot.

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