I noticed that yesterday at the paint store. They had plain linseed
oil. It wasn't cheap. They also had linseed oil soap but it didn't
list the ingredients. They had butcher-block oil but it was expensive.
On Sat, 20 Dec 2014 16:45:18 -0600, Dave Balderstone wrote:
Or flax oil, which is the same stuff but more expensive.
It does, but quite slowly.
There's other problems with linseed oil. As the old saying goes, apply
it "once a day for a week, once a week for a month, once a month for a
year, and once a year forever." Also it keeps getting darker over time.
It's used on coffee beans, pharmaceutical tablets, chewing gum, apples,
lemons and other fruit...
Jelly beans, Malted Milk Balls, Milk Duds, Raisinettes, Goobers, Junior
Mints, Sugar Babies, Godiva¹s Dark Chocolate Almond Bar; Dark Chocolate
Cherries; Milk Chocolate Cashews; White Chocolate Pearls; Milk
Chocolate Pearls, Halloween candy corn, most Easter candy...
If your food is shiny, it's probably because of shellac.
³Youth ages, immaturity is outgrown, ignorance can be educated, and drunkenness
sobered, but stupid lasts forever.² -- Aristophanes
When I put in cutting board/butcher blocks like this for customers:
I generally present them, as lagniappe, with both these John Boos'
products to maintain their new product, and all their cutting boards,
thus far with excellent results.
I usually shy away from products that are applied to wood with
descriptions/terms like "creme", and "mystery", but these do the job
well, and the client's are always appreciative.
I suggest everyone read the entire article - it's not quite as definitive
as Ed seems to think. it's mostly based on the absence of reported
illness or death from ingesting finishes. As the old saying goes,
"Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence."
The article states:
"No manufacturer providing finishes to the woodworking community puts
their finishes through these tests. Thus, no manufacturer can
legitimately claim they meet FDA regulations."
Well, maybe not a finish manufacturer, but I suspect the purveyors of
food grade linseed/flax oil have :-).
And Tried&True states:
"All Tried & True wood finishes comply with the product safety standards
established by the FDA: "safe for food contact surfaces" (FDA 21, Sec
BTW, I don't particularly like T&T finishes - they're difficult to apply
properly on large surfaces - too thick. But they work great applied with
a rag to a spinning item on a lathe.
Interesting. As someone who's a bit of a coffee snob and has roasted
pounds and pounds of my own beans, I suspect that might be to masquerade old
beans as fresh ones.
Fresh roasted beans have a very oily surface and look wet. I could be
wrong, but I don't think shellac would stick to the beans with this oil
on them. It takes quite a while for this oil to evaporate from the
surface of the beans. So long, in fact, the beans would be stale by the
time it took for them to be dry. Applying shellac to make them appear
oily(=fresh) is a shrewd trick indeed.
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