Salad Set

  • Advertise with us
Project by jjwoodshop posted 01-21-2011 05:42 PM 1670 views 3 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So here is a salad set, spoon and “fork”, that I designed and made over the last week. Its a glue up of maple and walnut, free-handed the design, cut it out on the bandsaw, and then worked the shape with the belt sander and my dremel.

I am very pleased with the way they turned out. Finished them over the last three nights with General Finishes Butcher Block Oi.

Here’s is my only frustration, and perhaps ya’ll can shed some light on this subject….

After three days of coating liberally and allowing to soak in the oil, last night I went to rinse these off with warm water and dish soap to put them away. When I did, the water raised the “hairs” of the wood. Before going under the faucet, the pieces were smooth as can be. After I rinsed and dried them my wife picked them up and said “now they are rough”.

So what gives? I did sand (by hand) up to 600 grit. Did I close the pores?? I also did not sand at 320 between coats of oil.

Any tips would be great! And thoughts on overall design would be nice too.

-- "If you are not prepared to be wrong, you will never come up with anything original." - Sir Ken Robinson

4 comments so far

View Pawky's profile


278 posts in 3040 days

#1 posted 01-21-2011 08:51 PM

I have no experience in this as I am still just starting out, but from reading a bit on here, when sanding, sometimes it can help to wipe water over the wood to purposefully raise the hairs of the wood which you can then sand off. After that, apply your finish of choice. I’d imagine you could sand the hairs off now and then refinish. Someone with more experience will probably chime in as well :)

View Broglea's profile


686 posts in 3327 days

#2 posted 01-21-2011 09:37 PM

Pawky is correct. After sanding wipe it down with water, then lightly sand to remove the hairs. After that, the utensils will remain smooth.

View jjwoodshop's profile


29 posts in 2928 days

#3 posted 01-21-2011 10:30 PM

Thanks for the advice….what grit would you recommend? or series of grits?

-- "If you are not prepared to be wrong, you will never come up with anything original." - Sir Ken Robinson

View JBWoodWorks's profile


55 posts in 3393 days

#4 posted 01-22-2011 06:33 PM

Usually you sand with the same grit as your last grit before wiping the item with water, in your case 600. When I make wooden utensils and cutting boards I sand up to 280, wipe it or immerse it in water, let it dry overnight and sand again with 280. Then I apply my finish. Oh yeah, you don’t want to sand too much or you cut through more wood fibers, just enough to remove the hairs.

They look great, keep up the good work!

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics