What to use to seal and finish my wife's spaghetti spatula

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Forum topic by A.Scott posted 07-28-2014 03:10 AM 1259 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-28-2014 03:10 AM

Topic tags/keywords: food utensil wood finish

Well from the photo you can see my wifes spaghetti spatula had seen better days. So i went to my bar. Ripped out a new one. Glue the dowels in place and realized this probably need a different finishing. So fellow lumber jocks any advice for me on what to put on this to finish it up right. Do you think i need to make a new handle and give it and the dowels a finish before putting them together.

Thanks for any advice!
Sorry for any typos my eyes aren’t that good at night on a cell phone screen anymore.

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#1 posted 07-29-2014 12:46 PM

Id suggest dipping it in mineral oil and letting it drip dry. If you were to oil the handle and dowels before hand, Id venture to guess that you would have a hard time getting the glue to stick! It might be possible to oil the handle prior to drilling and oiling an un-cut dowel first. Then cut your dowels and try and glue them in to the handle. But you would only be getting good glue adhesion to the end grain of the dowels and we all know end grain glue ups aren’t the best. I could be totally wrong here and something like titebond 3 could stick to an oiled part.

-- "Nothing happens until you build it"

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#2 posted 07-29-2014 12:50 PM

As Scott said, I use mineral oil for finishing wood that is going to see food service.

-- Rob - Indianapolis IN - Learning... one mistake at a time...

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#3 posted 07-29-2014 01:06 PM

+1 for mineral oil or a butcher’s block oil. I buy Boos Block mystery oil and usually about once a month when I’m doing the blocks I’ll also oil any of the treenware that looks needy.

-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it

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#4 posted 07-29-2014 01:14 PM

Mineral oil

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "Finished"!

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#5 posted 07-29-2014 11:16 PM

Thanks for all of the advice

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#6 posted 07-29-2014 11:27 PM

Mineral oil to start, then beeswax/mineral oil mixed to seal and touch up.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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#7 posted 07-30-2014 03:40 AM

You didn’t mention the species you made the handle and dowels from, some woods need nothing, while some can’t be expected to last long at all when exposed to boiling water and steam.

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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#8 posted 07-31-2014 03:50 PM

Handle made of spare Poplar and the dowels are Oak

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