Cedar and Mesquite?

  • Advertise with us

« back to Finishing forum

Forum topic by Micah Muzny posted 09-10-2013 05:15 PM 611 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View Micah Muzny's profile

Micah Muzny

185 posts in 1150 days

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.

3 replies so far

View Jim Finn's profile

Jim Finn

2390 posts in 2340 days

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

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

-- "You may have your PHD but I have my GED and my DD 214"

View Gene Howe's profile

Gene Howe

8084 posts in 2846 days

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

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

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

View Kent's profile


42 posts in 3253 days

#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!

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics