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Finishing live edge bowls and turnings
Mar 19th, 2021 at 9:57am
 
I do lots of live edge turning. Finishing the voids and uneven surfaces is challenging. Is it maybe time to invest in HVLP set up, for spraying finish. Looking for thoughts for others.
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Re: Finishing live edge bowls and turnings
Reply #1 - Mar 19th, 2021 at 12:53pm
 
What type of finish are you looking to spray, lacquer, shellac, poly?
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Reply #2 - Mar 19th, 2021 at 1:48pm
 
The live edge bowls that i have turned Steve are finished with gloss wop. I mount on a faceplate and turn the outside rough and the recess for mounting. Then reverse it to the chuck and rough out the inside. Then i use a brush and load the bark up with the wop and let it dry overnight. Then turn the inside and outside to finish, sand and apply the wop on the lathe running staying away from the bark. Their not used with food and my lathe limits the size, but i'm satisfied with the results since the wife uses them for whatever she stands in them Smiley
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Re: Finishing live edge bowls and turnings
Reply #3 - Mar 19th, 2021 at 3:38pm
 
Looking to really be able to use any finish. The wipe on poly does a great job. Also turners juice I mix.
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Reply #4 - Mar 19th, 2021 at 5:08pm
 
I buy small foam brushes from Amazon. I have had good luck with them reaching into hard to get to areas of my live edge bowls. I don't use sprays, but they are perfect for the liquid finishes I use. I get 120 brushes for $17.00 Good luck
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Re: Finishing live edge bowls and turnings
Reply #5 - Jul 22nd, 2021 at 11:33am
 
Mr. Stratton, what is a glass wop? I haven't heard of that before. I'm experimenting with epoxy/wood bowls and trying to understand the best finishes to use.
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Reply #6 - Jul 22nd, 2021 at 11:48am
 
Del King wrote on Jul 22nd, 2021 at 11:33am:
Mr. Stratton, what is a glass wop?


Gloss Wipe on Polyurethane
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Re: Finishing live edge bowls and turnings
Reply #7 - Jul 22nd, 2021 at 7:47pm
 
Until it was discontinued I used a wipe on (thinned) alkyd varnish.  I would dab the finish on the bark and exposed cambium with an acid, sometimes called a glue, brush and wipe on the rest of the surfaces, then wipe off the excess with a clean paper towel and let dry on a nail board.  Wanting to avoid lap marks, I always finished all surfaces simultaneously.  I will have to experiment with thinned poly as a wipe on finish in the coming months.
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Re: Finishing live edge bowls and turnings
Reply #8 - Jul 23rd, 2021 at 3:27pm
 
I only use Walnut oil or Danish oil on my natural edge turnings. After fully finish cured I buff and wax
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