Cedar and Mesquite?

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Forum topic by Micah Muzny posted 09-10-2013 05:15 PM 741 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Micah Muzny

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09-10-2013 05:15 PM

What should I put on cedar and mesquite to bring out its natural colors and shine? I need it to be safe for bowls and cups etc.

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#1 posted 09-10-2013 10:16 PM

Shellac. It is a natural finish, no mineral oil in it.

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#2 posted 09-10-2013 10:39 PM

I’ve had good luck with Behlens Salad bowl finish.

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#3 posted 09-11-2013 02:32 AM

Walnut oil is food safe, and is harder and lasts longer than mineral oil, but it will darken the colors a little bit. Several coats of salad bowl finish thinned out with 1/3 mineral spirits works well, is durable and will give it a nice shine.

I didn’t realize that shellac is food safe. I will have to try that on some cutting boards, thanks Jim!

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