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Forum topic by skeemer posted 12-29-2011 02:23 PM 991 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-29-2011 02:23 PM

My first project with my new table saw will be a replacement for our undersized utensil organizer. I planned to use either a cedar board or whitewood with a stain for my wood choice, but I wasn’t sure about how to finish this since it will be in contact with eating utensils. Are there any finishes I should stay away from? Also, any finishes that could be an issue with the utensils over time as far as metal degradation? The utensils are standard stainless steel Oneida flatware.


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#1 posted 12-29-2011 03:22 PM

I recommend a Salad Bowl Finish, either Behlens or General Finishes brands.

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#2 posted 12-29-2011 04:27 PM

this give you some ideas…....

The mineral oil bit made me chuckle… a laxitive and a wood finish…. sounds like Chris Rocks diatribe on Tussin….

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#3 posted 12-29-2011 04:32 PM

Stay away from radioactive isotopes. If you are really concerned about some kind of contamination don’t put on a finish. Wood itself has enough tannic acid to kill most germs. Other than that weld one up from stainless steel or store your flatware in Ball canning jars. Honestly anything including paint will work ONCE DRIED COMPLETELY. (Like say a momth or more)

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#4 posted 12-29-2011 04:44 PM

Thank you all for the suggestions. I will probably go with one of the natural finishes, maybe Walnut or tung oil.


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#5 posted 12-29-2011 11:16 PM

Newbie question about finishes. Say I do the a Tung or Salad Bowl finish….is this a top coat that I can stain underneath?

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#6 posted 12-29-2011 11:35 PM

Use Shellac.

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