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Forum topic by Zelbar posted 05-04-2009 07:07 PM 1105 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-04-2009 07:07 PM

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I am making some cuttingboards and everyone has suggested Behlen Salad Bowl Finish. Only it is hard to get around where I live. One local place has suggested Terra Natural Oil Finish by the same company that makes the Circa 1850 products. Has anyone had any experience with this products and how would it work for a cuttingboard?


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#1 posted 05-04-2009 07:18 PM

I don’t know about fancy finishes on a cutting board. I’m sold on plain ol’ mineral oil from the drugstore. The thing is, finishes aren’t regulated by the FDA so they can put in whatever chemicals they please and not mention it on the packaging. Mineral oil is a food grade substance and looks good to boot.

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#2 posted 05-04-2009 08:32 PM

You might want to watch Charles Neil’s dvd series “The Adventures of Charles and Bob” ( I think it was that one) where he has lots to say about finishes and how they pertain to toxins.

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#3 posted 05-05-2009 06:08 AM

Jimmy hit it on the head. While “food-safe” oils are marketed out there, all of them are based in mineral oil. If you are having a hard time finding some of the specialty stuff, go get a bottle of mineral oil without fragrances or additional ingredients and you will be just fine.
I sell boards occasionally and I tell my buyers that if they start getting knicks and scratches on the surface, just sand it lightly and put on a fresh coat. I offer to do it for them if they would like. Most folks act like you have just peeled back a great mystery of the universe and are a great person for doing so!

Good luck!

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#4 posted 05-05-2009 06:17 AM

Well I think The Charles Neil DVD is finishing A-z and he says that many clear finishes are fine on food service product because the only thing possible harmful is the solvent and it evaporates when cured .

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#5 posted 05-05-2009 03:32 PM

Earl, take a look at the Wood Whisper’s site, he has a two part video on making cutting boards. In the second part, he discusses the different type of finishes and their pros and cons. It helped me. pkennedy

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#6 posted 05-05-2009 05:36 PM

A cutting board shouldn’t have a film finish on it. The knives will score it, leaving little grooves that are difficult to clean leading to bacteria growth leading to someone getting sick.

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