Selecting the wood for a salt and pepper box

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Forum topic by dansnow posted 12-01-2013 04:56 PM 719 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-01-2013 04:56 PM

Good morning Everyone!
I’ve just started conversations with a Chef that has asked me to design a wooden salt & pepper box. So far his only request are a darker wood, and lids.

So I was wondering about type of wood. I need a wood that is food safe if left natural, that would not alter the taste of the salt and pepper stored in it. Any suggestions will be most gratefully accepted.

-- Snow's Wooden Toys & Gifts

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#1 posted 12-01-2013 06:19 PM

The wood cups used to drink saki would work, but I don’t know what kind of wood is used. I think birch or bamboo would work. They are used for toothpicks and bamboo steamers. Hard maple used in cutting boards. All would be considered “food safe” without a finish.

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#2 posted 12-01-2013 06:22 PM

Holly is white!

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#3 posted 12-02-2013 11:27 PM

After several more discussions with the customer, looks like I’ll be going with alternating layers of maple and walnut. The salt and pepper will be held in removable inserts. The lids will be maple for the salt and walnut for the pepper, with contrasting initials inlay-ed into the lids.

Thanks for the input folks.

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