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Dan'um Style

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11-07-2009 10:05 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tip mahogany finishing refurbishing

about 3 or 4 years ago I made a run of mahogany spoons for relatives as Christmas gifts.

Gave one to my wife and it is getting dried out. Today I put a generous coat of mineral oil. This is the result …
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lew

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#1 posted 11-07-2009 10:26 PM

Great minds must think alike- just did the same thing to a salad bowl and salad fork/spoon.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 11-07-2009 10:32 PM

I have recently changed over to Mineral Oil… or as we call it Paraffin oil… I now swear by it…NO glue lift… the boards stay smooth and the grain and color pop.

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ChunkyC

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#3 posted 11-07-2009 10:42 PM

... and it keeps you regular too.

Nice spoon!

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#4 posted 11-07-2009 11:45 PM

Larry—I am confused!!! I thought paraffin oil is what we call kerosene (similar to heating oil or diesel) or is that what the British call kerosene????

Maybe we need an American / British /Australian / whatever/ dictionary !!!

Three peoples divided by one language!!!!

-- Fred, Springfield, Ma

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#5 posted 11-08-2009 01:25 AM

You should have one very regular spoon now Dan

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Terry Desilets

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#6 posted 11-08-2009 01:37 AM

Cool looking spoon! Have you considered using Walnut Oil? Mineral oil is food safe, but never dries and will wash out with soap and water. The Walnut Oil is supposed to build successive layers as you treat the implement. Also, it’s not a nut oil so you don’t have to worry about people with nut allergies.

I treat my spoons once an hour for a day, once a day for a week and once a week for a month. Then every month or two when it starts looking dry.

-- IN REMEMBRANCE OF MY NEPHEW: Cpl. Ben Desilets - USMC KIA 22 May 2007 Anbar Iraq

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#7 posted 11-08-2009 01:48 AM

Great looking spoon. Nice job!!!

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#8 posted 11-08-2009 02:18 PM

It looks great!

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#9 posted 11-14-2009 10:19 PM

Nifty.

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#10 posted 11-15-2009 07:50 AM

Terry, I’m curious how you think walnut oil is not a nut oil. I checked some sites out on how it’s made and found this quote on a forum

“In brief to make walnut oil you gather, dry, & crack your walnuts. Then you grind them finely and ‘cook’ them. After cooking they’re pressed & filtered and are ready for sale.”

I thought maybe it’s made from the tree itself, and not the actual nut, but I can’t find any evidence of this. Please explain

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#11 posted 11-15-2009 03:38 PM

Chidress,
I had the same concern as one of my g-sons is allergic. I fired off an email to Highland WW, purveyors of Mahoneys Walnut oil.
I’ll post their response.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#12 posted 11-15-2009 06:16 PM

I think the food grade Walnut oil would be safe.

The kind they use for some wood finishes have dryers, other chemicals.

Check this out.

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fredf

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#13 posted 11-15-2009 07:13 PM

for what is worth my wife is allergic to nuts, the ONLY exception being walnuts. it would seem that walnuts don’t have the particular allergens that cause problems

-- Fred, Springfield, Ma

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Terry Desilets

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#14 posted 11-17-2009 06:19 AM

I can’t seem to find the article that I read. It has to do something with the fact that Walnut oil (at least the Mahoney’s Walnut finish) isn’t made from the nut oil. I believe it’s made from parts of the tree if I’m not mistaken. I’m an internet nut, and I researched it to death before switching over to it. I’ll post it up when I find it. But I distinctly remember that it was safe for people with nut allergies because it wasn’t actually nut oil. I’ll send it to you when I find it.

-- IN REMEMBRANCE OF MY NEPHEW: Cpl. Ben Desilets - USMC KIA 22 May 2007 Anbar Iraq

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#15 posted 11-17-2009 03:43 PM

Here is the reply I received from Highland.
They are not sticking their neck out, for sure.

Thank you for your inquiry.

This oil is heat treated and cures, unlike oil you get at the supermarket. Does the “cured” form mean it would not cause an allergic reaction? I do not know.

Since food manufacturers list that certain foodstuffs are processed on machinery used to process other foods that contain nuts, it seems that with some people, even the smallest amounts of the nut can be problematic.

You need to ask yourself what level of risk you are comfortable accepting. You can use a mineral oil finish (a non-curing finish) and remove the worry of nut allergies completely.

See it here:

http://www.highlandwoodworking.com/butcherblockoil.aspx

For a curing finish that is non-toxic, once it is completely cured, see this link:

http://www.highlandwoodworking.com/behlensaladbowlfinishpint.aspx

Regards,

Ed

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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