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Forum topic by Polock2 posted 07-26-2011 10:37 PM 1088 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-26-2011 10:37 PM

I was lucky enough to acquire some 2X12X22” cedar boards. I plan to make router bowls out of a few of these. I was told that cedar was toxic and shouldn’t use for any food products. Is there anything I can use to seal cedar to use for chips or candy dish.


-- Jerome

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#1 posted 07-27-2011 03:02 AM

The saw dust can be toxic to people with asthma. Cedar is used for cooking and animal bedding etc.

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#2 posted 07-27-2011 05:17 AM

The best salmon I ever had was cooked on a cedar plank! I never heard about cedar toxicity [allergy yes but toxic, no].

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#3 posted 07-27-2011 06:51 AM

The old, reliable, and really easy shellac. Cedar dust is annoying to most, sickening to some, but nothing that will jump onto your peanuts or cheetos and poison you. Nobody in their right mind would use it for cooking utensils because of the strong taste it imparts. Confederates used a lot of cedar canteens because it was available, and they hated it. Union troops used a lot of beech and were happier. Your snacks are dry, and would not pick up anything noticeable if the wood was bare. With shellac you’ll be safe.


-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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#4 posted 07-27-2011 01:11 PM

Thanks for every one’s input, these trays are going to be for gifts, so I wanted to be sure. Thanks again!!!!

-- Jerome

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#5 posted 07-27-2011 02:32 PM

One observation, the type of Cedar is not mentioned. Eastern Red Cedar is not even a cedar but is a Juniper.

-- Barbara

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