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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Reno, Nv

    Is it finished?

    As I move into bowls and boxes, my finishing needs are changing in a hurry. I'm using Mylands and bee's wax now with a soft cloth. This can't work for long. What are some of the better finishing "systems" and what is recommended for finishes; low to medium gloss. What are some good food-safe finishes?
    I'm really happy with the pen and stopper stuff I use now, so just bowl stuff.
    Thanks all!
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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Goodland, Kansas
    Jim I am by no means a expert but can tell you any finish today is food safe if let dry a minimum of 72 hrs. For a low gloss finish and food safe I use General Finishes Seal-A-Cell and then followed by a couple of coats of Arm-R-Seal. I just follow the instructions on the can. I have several salad bowl sets I have sold usiing the above and all look pretty good after a 1 to 1 1/2 yrs. I have a couple of cereal bowls I have used 3 to 5 times a week over a year with that finish and they still look good. I made e-mail contact with Ernie Conover and he said he uses Minwax Antique Oil for all his finishes. He said he uses it as food safe which he says he let dry for a week or more before use and on his show items. He said the finish they advertise as Salad Bowl Finish is nothing more than a wiping varnish and is no different than the seal-a-cell and arm-r-seal. The antique oil is not real glossy unless you put on a lot of coats and I have found after 3 coats it doesn't do much good. I also have used Mike Mahoney's walnut oil and then followed by his walnut oil/wax mixture on some walnut plates we eat off of 3 to 4 times a week and they are in pretty good shape. I don't use wax on any of my utility stuff and just Renaissance wax on show stuff. I use lacquer and Antique oil on my lidded boxes, ornaments, mini birdhouses, etc.
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