Finishing/Sealing advice for hand-carved spoons, etc.

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  1. Holtzcraft

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    Greetings, everyone. Newbie question here, I am interested in carving a spoon or Kuksa and wanted to know what to use to seal the wood that is food-safe but will hold up under use. I thought I read that beeswax is ok to use but I would like any advice on anyone else's experience. Thanks!!
     
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    Butcher block oil works well, I use Howard's Butcher Block Oil because that is what is available by me. As far as I can tell, its just high quality, food grade mineral oil, not sure if there is any difference between it and the food grade mineral oil you buy at the store, but the butcher block oil has worked well for me.
     
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    As an aside, most finishes will have to be reapplied at some point, so don't be concerned if an oil finish starts to go dry after a while. How long this will take depends on how much use it gets, and how you use it.
     
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    I've used olive oil for the 4 years.

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    I use walnut oil because I have it but have used Howard's Butcher Block Oil also.
     
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    Mix mineral oil and beeswax in equal parts - might need to heat it in a water bath to get the beeswax to melt. Let this mixture set and then rub it into the wood. Bonus is that your hands will smell of beeswax for the rest of the day!
     
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    Pure tung oil. Not the stuff for furniture finishing but 100% pure.
     
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    This is what I use. Home Depot and Lowes carry it, as do some other large chain retailers.

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    That's pretty much the same as Howard's Butcher Block Conditioner...food grade Mineral oil, beeswax and carnuba wax. I use the storebought stuff but when you make your own Spoon Butter you can control the consistency and make it a thicker paste if you like.
     
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    I use walnut oil from the grocery store.

    It's food....

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    I like walnut oil, but one of my daughters-in-law is allergic to walnuts.
    I will be using my own mix, based on the ‘butcher block’ recommendations above. Thanks guys.
    I am making some ‘butter knives’ for Christmas presents.
     
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    I have used olive oil, mineral oil, for most of my stuff they work out just fine. And they are food safe so its safe for you to use. Prov 27:17
     
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    You want to use a oil that is going to harden, All 100% raw, Walnut oil, Flax seed oil, Linseed oil and Tung oil. Beeswax and mineral oil will just wash off.
     
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    I use black walnut oil I get from wal mart.
     
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    Pure Tung Oul, Walnut Oil, Flaxseed Oil (not BLO). Other butcher block stuff, waxes, and mineral oils will be food safe but will require continuous application. The first three will all cure, all be it slowly, and not really require reapplication. At least not as much.
     
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    Thanks for all the responses! Am I correct in thinking that none of these will get rancid so all I really need to worry about is reapplying the oil or wax on occasion?
     
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    Food based oils can go rancid, so that is something to keep in mind when selecting a finish
     
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    If you go the natural path add oxygen and sunlight, don’t just oil your spoon and throw it in a drawer or a box.
     
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    Another thought! Sealing treen is not required, repeated use tends to add a patina. Have a few spoons that I never oiled that look good and work.
     
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    I use the Howard's also. I have noticed that after eating hot food the finish doesn't appear to be as nice afterwards.
    I may have to change my "finish"...
     
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    I use 100% raw Tung oil and good old sunshine, it takes some time to cure a week or two. You will notice by touch, then burnish it and put back in the sun.
     
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    I use walnut oil. Seems to work well. I would think any type of wax would melt with any heat. ie hot soup
     
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    I actually have a bottle of raw tung oil. I was put off by the process as it seemed a bit finicky...?
     
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    You should give it a try! Sunlight is important helps speed up cure time.
     
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    I guess I'll have to break down and carve something to try it out.
    Thanks brother!
     
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    I made the switch to Tung oil, best decision ever. I like the beeswax and mineral oil, but get it hot and it leaches out of the wood. Best for something you are not going to dip into any hot liquids. Makes a good finish for a coffee scoop, but now its tung oil. Rub it in, rub it in. Let it sit, lightly sand, rub it in. People talk about thinning the first coat or letting it soak in it overnight. I find that just heating my scoop up in the microwave for 10 seconds, then rubbing on a thick coat and let it sit for maybe an hour, then wipe off. Let that cure, burnish with 400 grit or equivalent, repeat. 3 to 4 coats until it looks like you want. You can stop at one coat if you like the way it looks.
     
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    Mineral oil or tung oil is all I use. I think Tung oil brings out the grain of the wood a little better than the mineral oil.
     
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    I use Shellac. Can be thinned with alcohol.
     
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    What brand of tung oil you guys use? I'd try it but don't want to get the wrong stuff
     
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    @Broke gave me some spoon wax/butter stuff that seems very nice for the little I’ve used it. Maybe he can let us know what it is?
     
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    I did? What does it look like?
     
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    I think it was you? White plastic jar
     
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    Not I. I dont think...
     
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    You sure? It came the same time as the knife, I think that’s a “broke built *TM” sheath..

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    Sheath is mine, knife is from me, stuff in white container, no idea what that is, I have never used that kind of container.
     
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    Hmmm. I’ll have to dig messages
     
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    Yeah, sorry man, hope the knife, sheath and underwear are treating you well!
     
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    About the undies....they chafe extremely bad under carhartts.

    The spoon butter is from @MT_Fin
     
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    Toughen up buttercup.
     
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