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salad bowl finish and end grain
May 1st, 2016 at 4:08pm
 
  Is it me or does salad bowl finish highlight end grain.  What are the solutions to even out the absorption of the finish on the project?  Been let down twice while using this.  All help is appreciated.  Thanks!
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Re: salad bowl finish and end grain
Reply #1 - May 1st, 2016 at 5:13pm
 
IN general, any finish will absorb into end grain more than anywhere else.
What type/brand of salad bowl finish are you using and on what species of wood.
As always a picture would help understand what you're concerns are.
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Re: salad bowl finish and end grain
Reply #2 - May 1st, 2016 at 7:03pm
 
General finishes.  I do believe it is oak.  Cut from a pile os old trees just pushed up in a pile from a local farm.  Not real sure.  I'll try to post a photo.

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Re: salad bowl finish and end grain
Reply #3 - May 1st, 2016 at 8:39pm
 
it's not the finish, it's the wood. The finish will penetrate far into end grain wood, and tends to appear darker. That's the nature of end grain. You could try a thinned out first coat as a sealer and let it dry completely for a day or two, and then a final coat. That may help.
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Re: salad bowl finish and end grain
Reply #4 - May 2nd, 2016 at 7:02am
 
  Thanks for the info!!
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Re: salad bowl finish and end grain
Reply #5 - May 3rd, 2016 at 7:05am
 
Call the manufacturer.  Ask if adhesion affected by sealing the wood first and share their response.
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Re: salad bowl finish and end grain
Reply #6 - May 3rd, 2016 at 9:30am
 
To paraphrase Chris, it's not the wood or the finish, it's the procedure.  You most likely just put on a quick FIRST coat and called it good. Next time really soak the wood with the first coat.  Slowly keep putting on finish until the end grain does not take any more.  This may take 1/2 hour or more. Then let it set a few minutes and if it still looks ok, wipe off the excess and let the first coat dry for a day or more. Then add coats until you reach the desired look.
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