I'm in the planning stages of making a cutting board in which I'd like
to inlay a dark, preferably black wood, in the maple. I was thinking of
using walnut but would like it to be darker than natural walnut. I've
used a vinegar/steel wool (iron buff/iron acetate) solution to ebonize
oak and have read that it will have a similar effect on walnut however
I'm wondering about using the solution on wood that will be in contact
with food. After the wood is dry would there be a possibility of a
dangerous chemical leaching into the food? I've searched the web for
information on non-toxic food safe dyes and for information on the
toxicity of iron acetate but have had little luck. Any help in pointing
me in the right direction would be appreciated. TIA.
On 21 Feb 2005 20:59:53 -0800, email@example.com wrote:
It's about as dangerous as tea stains in an iron teapot..
It's iron tannates. Although there are acetates in there when you
apply it, it's the formation of tannates that gives the dark and
I'd be more concerned about the toxicity of walnut itself (juglones)
than I would about this ebonised oak. And I wouldn't worry about
One problem with oak in a kitchen it that it rather tends to stain
with almost any food product. I've used it well-sealed for cabinets
and worktops, but I wouldn't use it for a cutting board (maybe for
bread or cheese alone, but even then pickles would stain it).
IMHO, cutting boards should be worked hard, not inlaid.
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