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finishing cedar bowl for eating-Picture sorry!
Dec 21st, 2007 at 1:36am
 
Ok, so I finally almost finished a project on the lathe.  I have some catches that I need to sand out, but then I'm on to finishing.  What would the recommended finish be for a bowl that would get a lot of use and require a lot of washing?  I tired to post the pic in the gallery but it kept denying me.  Size is only 44K
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Reply #2 - Dec 21st, 2007 at 8:51am
 
Cedar is very porus and full of natural oils that can interfer with the cureing of polyurethane finishes. It is not known as a food safe wood either' most people use maple or one of the populars for that. You might try one of the salad bowl finishes but their not water proof to withstand alot of water. Epoxy finishes can but I don't know about putting them on something for food, maybe someone else here does.
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Reply #3 - Dec 21st, 2007 at 12:17pm
 
System 3 makes a water resistant formulation.  I believe that is what Chris used on his sinks that he made and had some good results with the experiment that he did with it.  Another finish idea that Russ Fairfield discussed with me was to use plexiglass.  Seems it will melt in acetone.  Melt the plexi down to a consistency that will brush out and apply it to the entire piece.  Once you have what you want you can buff it out like anything else.  Third option, a no-finish-finish.  Sand out all marks and then proceed up the grits to 2000.  You should then have a pretty nice glow to the wood.  Burnish with brown paper bag and buff with a stiff horse hair brush.  Folks will not believe that there is nothing on the wood.  The piece will darken and get rougher with use and wiping out with a wet rag, but that is a natural process that all wooden ware will go through with time.  Our modern finishes only postpone the aging process. 

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Reply #4 - Dec 21st, 2007 at 2:20pm
 
Thanks for the heads up on the food safe thing.  I didn't know, and I'm extremely new to all of this.  I've decided to use it as a small potpourri dish so now I'm just looking for a nice finish to show off the grain, but require minimal maintenance.  The plexiglass thing is a bit out of my league right now.  Are salad bowl finishes an oily finish, or are they hard and shiny like lacquer?  I've never "finished" a turned piece before, and have always painted my other wood projects.
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Reply #5 - Dec 21st, 2007 at 3:01pm
 
Salad bowl finish will be shiny if you build it up with enough coats.  It soaks into the wood for the first 2-3 coats and actually hardens the surface of the wood.  It will build though.  Cleaning instructions should include that the piece should not be submerged, but wiped out with a soapy, wet rag, rinsed and allowed to air dry completely. 
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Reply #6 - Dec 21st, 2007 at 6:53pm
 
I'd leave it nekkid.
Cedar smells good as it is.
It's the perfect bowl to put in a walk in closet to hold odds and ends.


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Reply #7 - Dec 30th, 2007 at 10:15am
 
Being new to this section of woodworking where would I find a salad bowl finish?? I was asked last night to make a turning with a knob on either end for making some kind of cookies. I will use the maple that I have here. I see where burnishing would/could be a better option as the final user may not want to re-apply the finish,, or worse yet,,, use an unsafe finish. Is there an applicable food safe paste wax??


OOPS!! I like your cedar bowl!! Heck,, I just like cedar period!! Wink
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Reply #8 - Dec 30th, 2007 at 10:40am
 
I picked up a small thing of Watco salad bowl finish at Lowes for about 6 bucks
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Reply #9 - Dec 30th, 2007 at 12:16pm
 
Any of the common Carnuba bar waxes are food safe if burnished.  Most of the paste waxes are also food safe.

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Reply #10 - Dec 31st, 2007 at 12:52pm
 
Thanks guys!! Wink
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