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Paul St Onge
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Flame birch
Apr 7th, 2016 at 1:40pm
 
  What is everyone's preference for a finish on a flame birch bowl?  Really want to show the grain structure but dont want to take away too much from the natural beauty of the wood.  Love the way it changes color depending on how you look at it in  the light.  Thanks!
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Re: Flame birch
Reply #1 - Apr 8th, 2016 at 7:15am
 
If you have a scrap piece, do a test first.
I like a tung oil finish or  even just an oil poly looks good.
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Reply #2 - Apr 8th, 2016 at 7:24pm
 
Do you want a finish that will allow the bowl to be used and washed as needed?  If so I like a 50-50 mix of alkyd varnish and mineral spirits.  If not, I've read many times the clearest finish is dewaxed shellac.
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