|Forum topic by MattHenschen||posted 01-10-2015 07:48 PM||1054 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
01-10-2015 07:48 PM
This is my first posting on this site. In fact, I only signed up within the last hour, so I apologize for not setting up any kind of profile or projects for others to see; I’ll get to that soon but, in the meantime, I have some questions that I’m hoping someone might be able help me with. I’ve worked with metals almost my entire life but have done a bit of woodworking here and there. I’ve got some window casing and trim to do in my current home remodeling and stumbled upon end grain cutting boards during an unrelated search several weeks ago and was smitten by their form and function. Now, I simply must build some. I’m starting to find some local sources for hardwood cutoffs, odds and ends, etc., but so far the selections are somewhat sparse. I’ve successfully used concentrated tea-based stains and iron acetate to ebonize some scrap pieces. I would love to use this technique on small amounts of mahogany (just the iron acetate; no additional tannins needed on the lumber I’ve got) to give my boards some definition and contrast in my patterns. What I am wondering, is: a) Has anyone successfully used this ebonizing process when making end grain cutting boards and: b) Does anyone know if it poses any health risk being in contact with food or have any other issues, such as reacting unexpectedly with oil and wax treatments. I would appreciate any suggestions you may have. Thanks!
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