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What Finish for a Spalted Sycamore Chip-Dip Bowl

Discussion in 'The Charles Neil Finishing Forum' started by TurkeyHunter, May 10, 2019.

  1. TurkeyHunter

    TurkeyHunter ML Turkey Calls Full Member Thread Starter

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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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  2. Karl_TN

    Karl_TN Member Full Member

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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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    I like the General Salad Bowl finish as well.
     
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    David Hill I collect & use Texas woods---but prefer Mesquite. Full Member

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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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    Does salad bowl finish need to be refreshed?
     
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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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    rocky1 Creator of Shavings and Sawdust! Full Member

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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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    That looks fantastic!!:good2:
     
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    Would any of those work good with hot liquids?
     
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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.
     
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    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.
     
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    I was wondering for other use on other things
     
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    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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    David Hill I collect & use Texas woods---but prefer Mesquite. Full Member

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    Heck, just check a $ store or hobby lobby That's where I get mine,
     
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    The completed bowl.

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    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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