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D_Allen

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1205 days ago

I got this ready for finishing…finally.
Does anyone have any experience with and/or suggestions for finishing with Behlen salad bowl finish?
The directions mention rubbing the cured finish with nylon cloth or fine steel wool. Is that necessary? I’m not too fond of steel wool for use on anything.

This used up some scraps of hickory. The handle is about 1/2” thick and set into the end so that there is about a quarter inch space for fingergrips. It worked out good so I may make 2 more with some maple.

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RetiredCoastie

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#1 posted 1205 days ago

I use the finish that is demonstrated on the Wood Whisperer video. It’s a mix of 50% salad bowl finish and 50% mineral spirits and it holds up really well.

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D_Allen

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#2 posted 1205 days ago

Hummm. That’s interesting. Cleanup is with mineral spirits. It says not to use a reducer….but I know they say that because they want to sell more product.
I’ll try that coastie…thanks.

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woodworksbyjohn

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#3 posted 1204 days ago

Save some $$$, just use straight Mineral Oil from the local drugstore, keep it under the sink so it’s there when you need it. I’d suggest using a white, scotch pad to avoid any metal contamination from steel wool as well. Your cutting board looks great!

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lew

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#4 posted 1204 days ago

I second the mineral oil finish.

Lew

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therookie

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#5 posted 1204 days ago

I third that opinion

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Earlextech

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#6 posted 1204 days ago

Yep, mineral oil!

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D_Allen

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#7 posted 1204 days ago

So what do you suggest I do wiith the Behlen salad bowl finish I have already bought?

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woodworksbyjohn

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#8 posted 1203 days ago

Return/Refund/Exchange!! I started using plain old mineral oil as a teacher 30 some years ago, mainly because of cost and the fact that kids could get it almost anywhere. Mineral oil is great for kids toys and rattles too.

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Steven H

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#9 posted 1203 days ago

I wouldn’t use any film finishes because of the knife cutting into smaller pieces where the naked eye cant see.

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Ken90712

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#10 posted 1203 days ago

I have used both Mineral Oil and the Wood Whisper’s suggestion of General Finish Salad Bowl Finish & mineral spirits 50/50. 8 -10 coats. I have made over 100 boards and mine which is 3 yrs old of heavy use and have no issues.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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