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Forum topic by Rogue posted 12-28-2008 11:54 PM 1619 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Rogue

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12-28-2008 11:54 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tip lathe finishing

Calling all turners! I’m looking for a good home made formula for a food safe finish for salad bowls. I know the old stand by is veggy oil but I’m looking for something that has a little better protection and a nice sheen.

-- Rogue


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lew

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#1 posted 12-29-2008 01:50 AM

I have been told that vegetable oil will turn rancid over time. Most Lmberjocks say that salad bowl finish (thinned poly) is safe once cured. I have used Walnut oil but you need to be aware of nut allergies. Another non toxic finish is pure mineral oil.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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odie

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#2 posted 12-29-2008 02:51 AM

I use a finish made by “Woodturners Catalog”. It’s called Lemon Oil Wax. I think you can eat it out of the jar. You can also use mineral oil or Walnut Oil. Most hardware stores sell “butcher block oil” that also works. If you want a shine, you’ll have to sand down to a very, very fine grit. I use 2000 grit. Also check my review on the Beall Buff System for a shine.

-- Odie, Confucius say, "He who laughs at one's self is BUTT of joke". http://woodstermangotwood.blogspot.com/ (my funny blog)

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trifern

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#3 posted 12-29-2008 03:20 AM

Most finishes like poly, wipe-on poly, lacquer, shellac, and spar urethane are food safe after they have fully cured. The best way to tell if it is cured is the sniff test. Simply smell the piece; if it still smells like the finish, it is not fully cured. If the piece has no odder, the finish has cured.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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Karson

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#4 posted 12-29-2008 03:35 AM

I’vwe heard about triferns statement also. Wait maybe I heard it from him. No you want some finish that doesn’t come apart like latex paint. But dried poly should be useable. I’d want to use something that keeps the material in the bowl from soaking into the wood. So I don’t know how a mineral oil would work.

I’d want something to coat the surface.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Joey

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#5 posted 12-29-2008 03:43 AM

I’m not a turner, but i do make wooden utensils. I use a few different finishes. for most utensils that I sale i use a salad bowl finish. for my own personal utensils and those i give to family members and some that i sell i will use boild linseed oil, or pure raw tung oil, or a mixture or any of the above. don’t buy butcher block oil, it’s just overpriced mineral oil.

-- Joey, Magee, Ms http://woodnwaresms.com

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