GF Salad Bowl Finish smell not going away

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Forum topic by nerdkraft posted 818 days ago 878 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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818 days ago

I made an end grain cutting board and did the woodwhisperer diluted GF salad bowl finish method on it. (Dilute 50% with mineral spirits, allow to soak all the way through the end grain, add more finish 24 hours later, 4 steps)

It has been a week and a half and the smell of the finish still hasn’t gone away! I didn’t build a film, the finish is soaked in…

What should I do? Is this cutting board safe to use? Is it going to mess with food taste? Any advice is very welcomed.

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#1 posted 817 days ago

Keep it exposed to air on all sides and the smell should go away within a couple more weeks. In the meantime, I wouldn’t worry about using it at this point, and I would be surprised it it passed on a flavor to food that is prepared on it.

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#2 posted 817 days ago

salad bowl is practically poly and once cured should create a film. so as long as it’s not completely cured that cutting board is anything BUT safe to use… since it soaked in the wood deep, it can take quite some time to dry… and I mean – quite some time…

keep it exposed on all sides to air using a drying rack, or those pyramids (store bought or shop made) let it fully dry and cure before use.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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