What Finish for a Spalted Sycamore Chip-Dip Bowl

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Hey all finish masters, I am in need of your experience and recommendations. I am finishing up a Spalted Sycamore bowl and am looking for the best finish. I am not done with it yet but should be tomorrow. Have to hollow the dip bowl portion and finish sanding.

I was thinking of a couple coats of teak, tung or walnut oil followed by wipe on poly.

Any help would be awesome.

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Check out General Finishes Salad Bowl Finish.

Also, See this video to get some more ideas.
 

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What Karl said. I use the Gereral Salad Bowl finish for my wife's bowls that she actually uses. The other 40 or 50, just poly or spar varnish.
 

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IMO it depends on what you want.
I have not used the General finish. If you use poly it will yellow the wood some. I've been using polycrylic on my projects with lighter colored woods--no darkening.
Lacquer would look nice but no good marks for durability.
 

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I would go with poly OR one of the other oils depending on the look/sheen you’re after. I don’t see any benefit to using a different oil before the poly. Most of the teak oil I’ve seen is really an oil/varnish blend, so it would work also.

I also like the general salad bowl finish and Minwax Antique oil, but if you’ve got the poly on hand, I don’t see any reason to buy something else.
 

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Will a wipe on poly cure if applied after an oil finish? I was going to try it but was concerned it would not dry thoroughly.
 

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Depends on how many layers you put on and how many salads you put through it. Washing would be the biggest detriment there.
 

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I went with the Teak Oil and then wipe on poly. I finished the inside and outside and just removed the tendon. I completed the last coat of Teak on the bottom, signed and stamped and will put the wipe on poly on tonight. I think I will stick with the OB Shine Juice as it is much faster.

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Would any of those work good with hot liquids?
I have no idea. I am learning still.

I am at the stage where I just want to make stuff and it look cool. I still have so many micro scratches and blems. My wife like the stuff and that is all that really matters.

Just bought my son a Texas Heeler so I am going to turn him a couple of custom dog bowls from Walnut with a Blood Wood Ring at the top.
 

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I have no idea. I am learning still.

I am at the stage where I just want to make stuff and it look cool. I still have so many micro scratches and blems. My wife like the stuff and that is all that really matters.

Just bought my son a Texas Heeler so I am going to turn him a couple of custom dog bowls from Walnut with a Blood Wood Ring at the top.
I’m just learning also,I’ve made a lot of stuff,FOR my wife too.
 

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I would just find a glass or plastic bowl to fit where the dip goes and not worry about it. That way don't have to worry so much about cleaning it.
I actually thought about buying some of the plastic tub dip and make the dip cup so they would fit perfectly inside.
 

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Heck, just check a $ store or hobby lobby That's where I get mine,
Craft section at Wally World here has a pretty good selection too, and they're a little cheaper than Hobby Lobby. Haven't tried the Dollar Stores.
 
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