|Forum topic by Spacehog||posted 10-19-2014 05:52 AM||1147 views||0 times favorited||8 replies|
10-19-2014 05:52 AM
Ahoy there! I had a question about using dewaxed shellac on a cutting board. I read a book on wood finishes that said shellac is considered food safe and is even used to coat some types of candy. Although I found that interesting, I thought I had no use for it. I’ve made my own cutting boards and I use mineral oil and occasionally some beeswax on them. they’ve been holding up great, and I have no intention of changing my finish for my own boards.
Having said that, I have been on the lookout for a different finish for boards that I make as gifts. Some people have no problem with applying mineral oil from time to time, so I give them the board with my usual finish of butcher block. However, there are other people (like my brother) who are incapable of maintaining their cutting board, or anything else for that matter. Part of me wants them to just learn to take care of their stuff, but it isn’t realistic. So with that in mind I’ve been searching for a finish that is longer lasting than butcher block or mineral oil. I’ve tried walnut oil, but I found it to be very similar to mineral oil. I thought about trying tung oil because I know that it would also be food safe, but it might be a bit too pricey and I’m not totally sure it will work. That is what brings me to dewaxed shellac…
Since I know shellac is food safe, I feel like it would be a good one to try. I don’t need the finish to be high gloss, and in fact I don’t want it to be glossy. I haven’t really used dewaxed shellac much except as a sanding sealer. But I suspect that it would be good as a longer lasting finish for cutting boards. Before I actually try it though, I figured I’d ask if anyone here has thoughts or experience that might be useful to me. Thanks in advance!
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