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    Retirement means more time in the shed, making stuff to give away. I started with an idea to decorate a cheese board and got a bit carried away with designs.
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    I do like the stippled background in #3 (?).
    That is a very rare design element in this day and time.

    Cheese boards are good = they can deliberately slow down a meal and boost the conversation.
    Well done.

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    Nice work on all these. Looks like good clean cuts on all.

    Claude

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    Crunchie
    Nice design
    Could you advise the size and the finish you will use, please

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    Quote Originally Posted by nivlek View Post
    Crunchie
    Nice design
    Could you advise the size and the finish you will use, please
    Hi Nivlek. The boards are 380mm X 150mm. The handle is 50mm wide. I'm not sure what I'd use to finish them. I have used vegetable oils (Canola, Olive) but they make it go yellow, as does "Timber Bench Top Oil" that I get from the Big Green Toy Store.

    I bought the timber as Huon Pine years ago and stacked it away in clamps and only found them when I moved house (Moved shed!!!). When I planed the timber I thought it had a bit too much grain for Huon and didn't quite smell the same. Now, the more I work with it, the more confused I am. It has a small bit of Huon - type odour, has very close growth rings and feels very smooth from 240 grit abrasive but I don't have enough experience with other pines to think that it may be some other type.

    If someone on the forum is an "expert", I'd happily post a short length to try to identify it.

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    nice job Ceynchie

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    [QUOTE=Crunchie;2147085]Hi Nivlek. The boards are 380mm X 150mm. The handle is 50mm wide. I'm not sure what I'd use to finish them. I have used vegetable oils (Canola, Olive) but they make it go yellow, as does "Timber Bench Top Oil" that I get from the Big Green Toy Store.

    The finish needs to be food safe. Two that come readily to mind are butcher block finish and mineral oil (US)... I believe in the UK it is called Liquid Paraffin and is sold at the Chemist as a laxative. If you aren't sure, you can ask the chemist what kind of food-safe oil he/she recommends. Robson Valley (Brian) will tell you how to apply it. I'll drop him a note about this.

    Claude

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    Any oil finish wil appear to discolor the wood because you are replacing the surface wood air with oil.

    I use top grade olive oil as a finish on carved spoons (70) and forks(30).
    That's because I have lots of it and I know it will not go rancid. Use the veg oil of your choice.

    Preheat your kitchen oven to 325F, no hotter.
    On a cake rack, over a sheet pan, slather your boards with oil.
    Into the oven for 3 mins 30 sec and out.

    (I'm going to guess from experience that this won't work well at all.
    (You're going to have to give the bigger pieces of wood 2, maybe 3, heat treatments.
    (When this works, you will see bubble of hot wood air coming out through the oily surface.

    The wood air heats and expands. Out, as it cools, the contracting wood air sucks the oil finish down into the wood.
    This is an application of Charles' Gas Law of Physics with predictable results.

    I carved a shallow kitchen dish for wet scrub pads and brushes from Betula birch.
    I did the oven coating process with straight bee's wax.
    That dish is waterproof for time to come
    = = = =
    Do youself a favor, OK? Resist the urge to touch the oily boards @325F with your fingers.
    Remind yourself that you are not in the kitchen to fry chips. Let them cool, add more oil.

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    Thanks, Brian. I'll give it a go.

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    You're welcome. I've read a lot of positive testimonials since I ran across this process, myself.
    There's so little air (oxygen) in the wood that veg oils can't go rancid.

    Plus, the surface wood was heated to 325F. So to move any oil, you have to reheat to at least 325F.
    Hot water and detergent on the sink for washing up cannot touch the oil finish.

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    Here is the latest in this "series" of cheese boards.
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    That design concept fits into my head. Well thought out.
    Brian

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crunchie View Post
    Hi Nivlek. The boards are 380mm X 150mm. The handle is 50mm wide. I'm not sure what I'd use to finish them. I have used vegetable oils (Canola, Olive) but they make it go yellow, as does "Timber Bench Top Oil" that I get from the Big Green Toy Store.

    I bought the timber as Huon Pine years ago and stacked it away in clamps and only found them when I moved house (Moved shed!!!). When I planed the timber I thought it had a bit too much grain for Huon and didn't quite smell the same. Now, the more I work with it, the more confused I am. It has a small bit of Huon - type odour, has very close growth rings and feels very smooth from 240 grit abrasive but I don't have enough experience with other pines to think that it may be some other type.

    If someone on the forum is an "expert", I'd happily post a short length to try to identify it.


    Hi Crunchie. If you have doubts about it being huon then I'd say it could be celery top pine. Carving those motifs on the handles should have released the huon smell. Huon and Celery can look very similar.

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