05-08-2014, 09:10 AM
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There has been some discussion here of problems with untreated wood shaving soap bowls being exposed to water and subsequently affecting the soap. I decided to waterproof my Creed shaving soap bowl and a couple other old untreated bowls. I got some water-based Varathane and brushed it on with a synthetic brush, applying coats every 2 hours for a total of 4 coats. After they had dried for 4 hours, they felt completely dry to the touch, and there was no lingering odor at all. Perhaps others of you have tried other products or methods and would share them.
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 05-08-2014, 09:28 AM
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I use a combination of beeswax and walnut oil for my wood items. It acts as a natural sealant and polish. It needs to be reapplied every year or so depending on usage, but adds a nice color and sheen to the wood and is naturally waterproof. I like the fact that it leaves the texture of the wood unchanged for the natural look and feel. I also use it on my wood furniture every few years.

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 05-08-2014, 09:53 AM
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I do virtually the same as you do chrurchillafemme. I use a Spar Urethane but it is essentially the same process. I recently (well within the last few months)did it with a vintage Mansfield Hand Turned wooden Soap Bowl (it is very cool the hole where bowl was attached to the lathe is still in the bottom of the bowl) and also with a very cool Bamboo infants bowl which has proven to be perfect for storing and lathering my soaps.

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 05-08-2014, 12:40 PM
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Thanks for the info John! That is a lovely looking bowl! Smile

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 05-08-2014, 03:29 PM
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1/3 spar varnish, 1/3 pure tung oil and 1/3 mineral spirits.

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 05-08-2014, 04:42 PM
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(05-08-2014, 09:10 AM)churchilllafemme Wrote: Creed shaving soap bowl

John, the Creed OS bowl looks wonderful!
Thanks for sharing this and for bringing heads together.

Btw, my shave sticks arrived. Thank you for the opportunity!


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 05-08-2014, 04:45 PM
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Tung oil for me too. But that one looks good John. Well done!

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 05-08-2014, 05:58 PM
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(05-08-2014, 03:29 PM)oscar11 Wrote: 1/3 spar varnish, 1/3 pure tung oil and 1/3 mineral spirits.

Thats my brush handle finish recipe! LOL (it really is actually. sometimes tung oil,sometimes boiled linseed but exactly what I use, and on wooden scales as well.)

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 05-09-2014, 07:36 AM
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Quote:Thats my brush handle finish recipe! LOL (it really is actually. sometimes tung oil,sometimes boiled linseed but exactly what I use, and on wooden scales as well.)
Never tried it with linseed oil, thanks for the tip.

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 05-09-2014, 11:43 AM
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Soap bowl for wetshaving that can't tolerate water is like a plasma TV that can't tolerate watching the same TV channel for 4 hours straight without getting burn-in. A HUGE NO GO !!!

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 05-11-2014, 08:35 AM
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I was wondering if anyone used a vacuum chamber to stabilize the bowls, or any piece of wood for that matter (wood handles for brushes and razors)?
The vacuum pump can be found at auto section of any specialized store and it only costs around $20 (the pump for bleeding brake lines).

This way the wood is protected much deeper than coating it with several layers of oil or polyurethane.

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