Step 9: Moisture Cont.

This isnt really a step, it's more like advice.
Before your bowl is sanded completely and finished, you should make sure it is pretty much devoid of moisture. We wanted a lot before, now as we finish the bowl we want none.
If your bowl is still sopping wet, you can pack it in a bucket or (paper) bag in its own shavings. It's hard to tell when the bowl is completely dry, but I usually just feel it to see if it's still cool.
You can also just let it air dry if you live in a humid place like Miami.
Or pack it in paper bags. Not plastic bags. Plastic=moldy bowls. Not fun.
You want it to slowly and evenly dry to avoid cracking. When you finally unveil it after drying is complete, it will have probably changed shape a little. Most of my thinner bowl usually end up more oval in shape than round. And the rim usually isn't flat, either.
Is that a bad thing? No... I think it actually adds interest to whatever you've done.
The thinner you make it and the wetter you put it in to the bag, the more the shape will have changed.
If you finish working on the bowl and it's fairly dry, you can go ahead and sand it down.
Wait a couple days to put on the finish.
How beautiful bowls!
Aw, thank you :) The wood is pretty amazing. <br>Muchas gracias. La madera muy brillante tambien.
Very complete instructions about turning, thanks for them. I will try green wood, you convinced me. <br> <br>For food-safe finishing, I use egg white (albumen). When dry, the light hardens it and turns it insoluble. You must do 6 or 7 coats to get a semi-gloss finish. Fine sanding between coats. A coat dries in 2 to 4 hours depending environmental humidity and heat. <br> <br>You can save the albumen 2 or 3 days in a closed jar without problems.
Hey that's a great pearl to share, thank you!
I must say that I don't think I have ever heard of that method. <br>The egg whites never spoil or cloud up? That's really interesting. When I get back home I'll have to try that one. <br>Thanks :)
<a href="https://www.google.com.ar/search?q=egg+albumen+as+varnish&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:es-ES:official&client=firefox-a" rel="nofollow">Here you can find</a> some about the matter.<br> <br> I have some photos, but here in comments the uploader does not work.
<p>Great bowl! I've made a few bowls, and I was envious of how thin your walls were--until one broke! You did a great job of recovering it, though. I need to get my courage up and try that. Nice work!</p><p>I'm sure you're not short on blanks, but if you ever run low, your local dump probably has a place for logs and yard waste. Mine does, and you're allowed to take anything you want, no charge! We have a lot of cedar and hackberry here, and we sometimes get osage orange. You should check it out if you get a chance!</p>
<p>Nice bowl. You know it would be a lot easier to cut the blank into a round at the bandsaw? If you do that then it wouldn't be so out of balance and you can start turning at around 600 revs. Works for me!</p>
Actually, I didn't own a bandsaw when I made this instructables/this bowl. <br>Since then, I've purchased one. It definitely makes cutting the blanks a lot easier! I actually have an excess of blanks now that I haven't had time to turn. Oops!

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