Sawbuck looks good and it will do the job. It makes it so much easier to saw. Bowl looks good. I have never heard of the finish you used. As far as sanding on utility items I rarely if ever go over 320 grit. On show items I will go to 600 grit. For myself I use only two finishes on any bowl. Minwax Antique oil and General Finishes Seal-A-Cell then Arm-R-Seal. I use these on utility and show pieces.
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