How to Oil a Wooden Bowl

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Oiling a wooden bowl keeps it protected.
Oiling a wooden bowl keeps it protected. (Image: Bowl for fruit from wood. image by juri semjonow from Fotolia.com)

A wooden bowl, whether store-bought or homemade, is an attractive piece that can be used in your home for decoration or hold items like fruit or vegetables. You can oil a wooden bowl, a woodworking process that protects the wood from chipping and scratches and makes it water-resistant. Oiling a wooden bowl requires a few basic woodworking materials, which can be found at most craft supply stores or building supply stores.

Things You'll Need

  • Soap
  • Towel
  • Dust cloth
  • Rag
  • Wood oil
  • Soft cloth

Wash the bowl thoroughly with dish soap and water. Dry it with a hand towel. Place the bowl upside down on a towel that's flat on a counter to let it completely dry.

Rub the bowl with a dust cloth to remove any dirt or debris.

Rub the bowl with a wood oil using a clean rag. Wood oils like linseed or teak oil can be found at most craft stores. Rub the oil all over the wood then let dry 24 hours.

Coat the bowl with a second coat of oil. Set it out to dry for another 24 hours.

Buff the bowl with a soft cloth to bring out its shine. Make sure the coats of oil are smooth and evenly distributed.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use a stain to add color for the wood before applying oil.
  • If fumes from the oil become too intense, open a door or window.

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