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Forum topic by John posted 04-15-2018 05:42 AM 437 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-15-2018 05:42 AM

I happened across some Unisilver Tialand teak salad and serving bowls and was going to refinish them. Any tips would be appreciated I don’t know much about teak or food safe finishes.

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#1 posted 04-15-2018 02:23 PM

Most all finishes are food safe once cured. If you plan to use them for salad bowls, where utensils will be banged against them, just rub some mineral oil on them. Wash them out, don’t submerge, let dry, rub in a little mineral oil again. An actual finish that dries, in the wood or not, will just show all the scratches from utensils.

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#2 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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