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  1. Wood Finishing
    I have a beautiful small piece of sassafras off cut from a mill. I want to make a long narrow cheese and cracker tray for a gift but read that sassafras oil is weakly carcinogenic. So a penetrating oil is out. I need a hard finish that’s food safe. Thinking of shellac, Tried and True, or...
  2. Wood Finishing
    I wanted to make a cutting board for my mother for her birthday and I really like the way tung oil makes the grain pop. I know there is some controversy as to whether or not tung is food safe. There are no food allergies in the family. Can anyone help me out? Is it food safe? I have yet to find...
  3. General Woodworking Discussion
    Hi all I have just finished a cutlery cabinet and need to protect/seal it. It is oak exterior, Ash drawers and plywood dividers in the drawers. I intend to oil the outside as I want it to look un-varnish exterior but still be protected. I bought both Teak oil and Food save oil and these both...
  4. Wood Finishing
    I made a small train whistle out of a 2x4 for a christmas (white elephant)gift, and want to know if it would be safe just to apply some spray on polyurethane? Or do I need something considered "food grade"? (because it will have contact with the mouth.....Obviously:blink:) Any input would be...
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