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Forum topic by D_Allen posted 05-04-2011 02:24 AM 1570 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-04-2011 02:24 AM

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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#1 posted 05-04-2011 02:36 AM

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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#2 posted 05-04-2011 02:43 AM

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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#3 posted 05-04-2011 03:55 AM

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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#4 posted 05-04-2011 04:48 AM

I second the mineral oil finish.


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#5 posted 05-04-2011 04:54 AM

I third that opinion


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#6 posted 05-04-2011 03:15 PM

Yep, mineral oil!

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#7 posted 05-05-2011 02:12 AM

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

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#8 posted 05-05-2011 04:33 AM

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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#9 posted 05-05-2011 06:38 AM

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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#10 posted 05-05-2011 05:09 PM

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.

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