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#1 posted 04-15-2018 04:56 PM

If you just want a relatively “natural” finish I would use a processed Walnut oil available at Woodcrafter and on the internet. The heat processing polymerizes it so it soaks in and hardens without leaving the oily feel of mineral oil. It to can be reapplied as needed. Apply two or three coats over a couple of days or until no more soaks in. It is food safe.

If you want a more durable finish I would use one of the commercial salad bowl finishes made by Behlen’s or General. Apply 3 to 4 coats (or on porous wood apply coats until no more soaks in and then add one or two more), sanding lightly with 400 grit or OOOO steel wood between coats. I usually just apply it with a soft piece of cotton fabric….wear gloves to keep it off your hands. This produces a very hard wearing, water and alcohol proof finish that is food save.

-- Les B, Oregon

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