Padauk Bowls - Different finishes

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Project by Chris posted 07-05-2008 06:05 PM 4055 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I thought I would try my hand at turning some Padauk. These two bowls are from the same piece of lumber; however, the finishes sure make them look very different.

The Bowl in the foreground was finished with wipe on Poly; the one in the back with pure Tung Oil. The Tung Oil on the Padauk made it look muddy. Lesson learned! Another lesson I learned was that when thin Padauk is very brittle and will chip rather then cut. You can see the results of that on the details I tried to cut on the bottom of the first bowl.

Thanks everyone!

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#1 posted 07-05-2008 06:46 PM

Chris, these are two fine bowls! You know I’m a lover of Padauk!

I agree with you on the oil finish. I’ve found that a high-gloss finish works best on Padauk to bring out the beautiful grain and rich red tones. I recently turned a bowl out of Padauk also. You can see it here.

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#2 posted 07-05-2008 07:30 PM

These two bowls “turned” out very nice.

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#3 posted 07-05-2008 08:52 PM

Nice work!

Thanks for the post


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#4 posted 07-06-2008 04:53 AM

Nice looking bowls, Chris. Thank you for sharing.

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#5 posted 08-30-2008 01:18 AM

I’ve never been a fan of Tung oil , yet a buddy of mine swears by it . Shame at what it did to your nice bowl…..Did you have any scraps to try finishes on before commiting to any particular one ? I wonder if you could apply your wipe on Poly to it now and bring out the grain or at least give it some depth ?

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#6 posted 12-02-2009 06:51 PM

Chris was your wipe on poly a oil mixture? I just finished my padauk frame with wipe on poly but it is oil based general finish. I havent seen any other wipe on poly that isnt oil but if you know of one I am all ears. Thanks

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