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Forum topic by flwoodie posted 06-13-2013 03:39 AM 1574 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-13-2013 03:39 AM

I am making some kitchen/bar utensils, and I am trying to decide on a finish. From reading, linseed oil and beeswax sounds like a solid and long lasting finish. My main question is, how long should I let the linseed oil dry before reapplying, but most importantly, before letting the piece leave my shop to be used?

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#1 posted 06-13-2013 04:18 AM

I would use butcher’s block oil from Home Depot or Lowe’s.

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#2 posted 06-13-2013 04:53 AM

I can’t say as I’ve adhered to this, but I once read an old cabinetmaker’s saying about linseed oil: You apply it once a day for a week, once a week for month and once a month for year. Anyway, I don’t think you can go wrong with the once a day part.

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#3 posted 06-13-2013 09:54 AM

Please use Boiled Linseed Oil (BLO). Raw linseed oil takes a very long time to dry. Its main use is waterproofing and in putty. Things that do not need drying out. Dakkars recomendation is correct (for BLO) and once a year there after. As to when to apply something else after i do not know. I would guess at a day or what ever tne maker of your chosen product recomends.

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#4 posted 06-13-2013 10:52 AM

I’ve seen it recommended to not use wax in the mix for awhile.

Makes sense as it seals the wood before the oil can soak in all the way.

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#5 posted 06-13-2013 10:58 AM

Please read before deciding on a finishing material.

Before using Boiled Linseed Oil, read Material safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for the product available locally.

Anything I make that contacts food products, will go with no finish, or simply mineral oil (laxative). I male rolling pins, scoops, and salad mixing & serving bowls. Only use close grain hardwood for my products. I give a bottle of mineral oil to my customers that request salad bowls so can reapply as needed.

Do not use baby oil or industrial mineral oils.

-- Bill

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#6 posted 06-13-2013 11:35 AM

Someone else mentioned this, but if you put raw linseed oil on your piece and wait for it to cure it may never leave your shop!

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Clint Searl

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#7 posted 06-13-2013 01:09 PM

Linseed oil, raw or boiled, is only good for starting fires.

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#8 posted 06-13-2013 01:14 PM

beeswax is not a finish, and definitely not “long lasting” (it will rub off almost immediately during use)

raw linseed oil is not supposed to “dry” to put “another coat on” as it is a penetrating oil, and is meant to penetrate the wood and condition it (keep the wood from drying) – so theoretically you would be waiting “forever”. similar way goes with boiled linseed oil (don’t be expecting to use those projects in the kitchen anytime soon).

that aside – check with food safe materials what finishes are fitting to be used in the kitchen and in contact with food. like mentioned above, I only use mineral oil for kitchen items that have to do with contacting food for safety reasons. or a mix of mineral oil and beeswax for later applications (as the wax keeps the oil from penetrating)

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#9 posted 06-13-2013 02:04 PM

You can use any edible oil, even vegetable oil, but mineral oil is the only one that won’t turn rancid. Mineral oil. Did any one mention mineral oil yet?

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#10 posted 06-13-2013 02:04 PM

Well, lol, that changes things I guess. So, then maybe a mineral oil or butcher block oil applied in coats?

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#11 posted 06-13-2013 05:00 PM

butcher block oil = $$$ mineral oil (as in – it is mineral oil that you pay more for ;) ). and the terminology “coats” doesn’t apply to it as it does not build a film, so there isn’t any ‘coating’ that takes place – it’s a penetrating oil.

the proper way to do mineral oil is:
  • apply oil to wood – let it soak
  • after 10-15 minutes, wipe excess oil with a rag
  • once wood seems dry rinse and repeat above 2 steps until the wood doesn’t seem to absorb any more oil.

for new projects – apply above procedure every couple of months for first year or so, then every so often when it seems like the wood is dry and need reconditioning.

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

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#12 posted 06-13-2013 09:57 PM

I strongly advise you against the use of raw linseed oil on your bar utensils, or any other wooden surface. Raw linseed oil takes forever to cure. If you must use linseed oil, at least use the boiled variety. Basically though, this is one of those times that I agree with Clint. I think that you’d be better off to use waterlox or Armour seal. Mohawk also sells a salad bowl oil which should serve you well. Any of these will dry faster and cure harder than either boiled or raw linseed oil.

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