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Forum topic by Raftermonkey posted 06-05-2010 01:48 PM 801 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-05-2010 01:48 PM

Hello everyone, Im new to the site and new to carving. I carve bowls by hand without a lathe. I have run into a little trouble. Im finishing a Macassar ebony bowl and was going to use Watco butcher block oil on it so it would be food safe. Man this wood just soaks that stuff up. Its like there is no finish at all on. I left it sitting there unfinished for one day and it started checking. I had some spray on lacquer close at hand and gave it a lite coat. This stopped the checking but now its not food safe. Could I sand a little and put the Butcher Block oil on top of the lacquer and make it more food friendly? I am as “GREEN” as they come and I appreciate any and all help.


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#1 posted 06-05-2010 03:01 PM

I’m certainly willing to be corrected, but to the best of my knowledge, there is no finish that has FDA approval.

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#2 posted 06-05-2010 03:16 PM

Hrrmm?, I just read a little more on the oil can. Watco Butcher Block Oil is FDA compliant, but it does not say approved.

-- -Zeke- "I hate to rush off, but I gotta go see a man about a log"

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#3 posted 06-05-2010 03:48 PM

I read an article from Popular woodworking that stated “The FDA does not approve food safe products, it only regulates their use”.
There is an interesting link to govt FDA site here, it is a pdf doc, and starts at part 175, a list of all food safe products and exemptions.
Interesting reading, but a bit over my head chemically.
Looks like there are more food safe products than I was ever aware of…kinda scary…


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#4 posted 06-05-2010 04:46 PM

According to Charles Neil Most finishes are safe for food contact project after they have dried. Make sense to
me because you are not going to have finish coming loose after it dries even in chopping blocks you could hardly have any finish coming off.

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