Cedar bowl w/ Natural Edge

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Project by NightOwl posted 05-09-2011 02:30 AM 2752 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a cedar bowl with a natural edge. I started off attempting to make a platter but while carving it I decided to go with more of a bowl shape. I really like the natural edge.

The finish isn’t holding and if anyone has any experience with finishing cedar bowls/patters/etc I would love to hear some recommendations!

Feedback welcome! Thanks for looking!

Wood: Red Cedar from South Carolina
Width: 15” (max)
Height: 3 1/4”
Finish: Tripole, White Diamond, wax —> Shellac Sealer/Finish & buffed with white diamond to shine

EDIT: Thanks to the great advice I refinished the cedar bowl using Shellac as a sealer and finish. I buffed it using white diamond to a high gloss finish. I put some additional wax on it but honestly it didn’t need it. This was the first time I really used shellac and I love the way it turned out!

-- Bill

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#1 posted 05-09-2011 02:46 AM

I usually put around 10 coats of poly on my cedar after I seal it with shellac.

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#2 posted 05-09-2011 03:11 AM


-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#3 posted 05-09-2011 04:29 AM

Cedar is a soft, very porous wood, so I would think that an oil and maybe poly/tung oil finish would absorb nicely and help protect it. I use the Minwax brand tung formula. It has a high oil, low poly % and makes the wood pop! Make sure you allow the coats to dry thoroughly in between applications. Dry, hot weather is best.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#4 posted 05-09-2011 09:37 AM

Realy nice piece Bill,
never turned cedar (dont get it down our way) but if it is a porous type of timber I would seal the hell out of it to lock thoese end fibers otherwise any oil will generally darken in patches (across end grain) & generally give a disapointing result

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#5 posted 05-09-2011 02:21 PM

Great shape, it shows off the rings, grain and color really nicely.

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#6 posted 05-13-2011 03:11 AM

Thank you for the great tips and feedback. I refinished the bowl and posted the new pictures (old ones are still there as well). I love the results of the shellac and plan to incorporate it in future finishes.

-- Bill

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#7 posted 06-22-2011 07:23 AM

Very nicely done! I have some cedar (I think) from a stump that I dug up next to the house. Made a pen and was surprised at how beautiful the grain is! Your’s is a wonderful example.

-- Andrew, Orange County, CA -

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#8 posted 07-22-2011 08:50 AM

Very nice finish. When you say ” white diamond” you mean wax bar ? Please do not mind me asking, but just coming up and I’m not familiar with the names of specific items.

-- Ovidiu from Transylvania

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#9 posted 02-17-2017 04:18 AM

Just beautiful!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#10 posted 02-17-2017 09:42 PM

I Have no idea how you did that without it cracking? I have hard time with cedar, NICE work!!!!

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