I have been asked to make a Pestal & Mortar for a local chef, but I am not sure what finish (if any) should be applied.
Considering it will washed continiously ( probably with very little care). I have decided to make it from Beech, it has a good strong grain and dense fibers.
Any one want to throw a suggestion or two my way, I would be really pleased
There are a few "salad bowl" finishes that are food safe. I think one brand is Behlen. However, considering the use, I don't think I'd finish it. On second thought, a few coats of that salad bowl finish might soak in enough to provide some Protection. The soap and water cleaning would likely leach it out in short order, though. (pun intended)
Parrot, On the latest episode of Tim Yoders show on our local PBS station this was his project. I didn't see the whole show but I did record it on my dvr (man I love those things) I will review it tomorrow and respond back with what he used in the show unless someone else saw it and remembers.
Parrot, on Yoder's show he used plain old mineral oil and just slathered it on and let it soak in and then repeated it. I think you could use walnut oil or the salad bowl oil finish. Probably the mineral oil would be the easiest and cheapest and the easiest for the recipient to finish again later on.
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Thanks again guys, I am sure there will be other questions some day soon.