Is Redwood safe for a salad bowl?

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Blog entry by Hawgnutz posted 12-13-2007 04:39 AM 6042 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I need ot make a salad bowl for my wife. Is redwood a safe wood. Will it hold up to the task?

I am really such a rookie that I think it will with “salad bowl” finish, but I would like to be sure. Should I use hard maple instead?

Any commoents or suggestions? I am trying to do this economically.

God Bless,

-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards

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Douglas Bordner

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#1 posted 12-13-2007 08:29 AM

I’m not an expert, but I would think a soft wood like redwood would not be up to the task of kitchen use, and the resinous nature of coniferous woods might not be so good either, even with the varnish in Salad Bowl finish. Just my 2ยข.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#2 posted 12-13-2007 07:26 PM

Thanks, Doug. That was what I was afraid of. Just thought I would see if all the others thought so, too.

I guess I will have to use maple.

God Bless,

-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards

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Dan Lyke

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#3 posted 12-13-2007 08:11 PM

Redwood is only a little bit denser than balsa, and it’s really brittle. I can’t guess at how the wood is for consumption, but the bowl will dent fairly easily, and crack if you drop it.

Great for planters and static applications where the rot-resistance is useful, less cool for siding, where I’ve found it gets brittle and cracks, but I’d totally rule it out for bowls.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#4 posted 12-14-2007 08:28 AM

Thanks, Dan. I am going to nix redwood for any bowl. Just wanted to see if it could be used. Looks like a bad idea al in all!

God bless,

-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards

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#5 posted 12-26-2007 06:07 PM

I have cut a lot of redwood (around 100,000 bdft) and seen it used on counter tops and food service areas as well as cutting boards and bowls. I don’t think it is harmful in any way but it is very soft and will crack and split easily.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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