unfinished antique pine piece keeps getting stained!

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02-16-2011 04:14 PM

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I bought an antique pine kitchen “island” with drawers to use as a workspace. I noticed I kept getting splinters when I would wipe it to clean it so we sanded it down a bit. The nice new surface was smooth but before I could get some beeswax it already became very water stained again. Sanding it down again, can anyone recommend what to treat or finish this surface with that would be food safe? I have another untreated table that’s old and no matter what it doesn’t stain or if it does it scrubs right off. Thanks so much!

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#1 posted 02-17-2011 04:23 AM

If you want to use oil either mineral oil or boiled linseed oil. If you want a film then I would use shellac with wax, Most finishes are food safe when they cure ( not dry ) which could take up to three weeks depending on finsh oil taking the longest to cure. Shellac is used on time released pills like advil they coat it in shellac and your stomache slowly dissolves the finsh to realease the meds in a controlled dosage

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#2 posted 02-24-2011 05:28 AM

Thank you cabs4less, I like the idea of shellac with wax for the desired finish. I’d like to keep it light so I’m worried oil will darken it too much. this helps thank you!

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