There is much conflicting information regarding which oils and substances are appropriate for use to safely maintain cutting boards or butcher blocks. And when extra tannins are applied to the wood in the form of a very strongly brewed tea, that stain gets even darker. I’m using the colours and shellac for artwork…so don’t have any other considerations concerning the grain of wood and absorbency to consider. This would be a great way to stain wooden utensils, children’s toys, or anything that would come into contact with food or mouths.
But I would email them and ask how toxic it is if ingested and can they guarantee that it is non-toxic to birds, whether a bird can be kept in the aviary or not while the exterior is being stained and how toxic in general it really is. I would remove them from the aviary anyway until the stain dries completely, just to be on the safe side, even if the manufacturer says it is ok to have them inside.
As I mentioned on Facebook and in a previous post (inquisitive readers keep me on my busy toes), I’m using a slightly different method for treating my new walnut countertops So, after a second coat of the stuff and answering a few more questions, I thought a post dedicated exclusively to the the product would be helpful in case you’re considering butcher block countertops of your own.
Chemical staining of wood is rarely carried out because it is easier to colour wood using dye or pigmented stain, however, ammonia fuming is a chemical staining method that is still occasionally used to darken woods such as oak that contain a lot of tannins Staining of wood is difficult to control because some parts of the wood absorb more stain than others, which leads to problems such as blotchiness and streaking.
Regular wood stain by itself is not food safe, so after researching my options, it appeared that the only way to both fit my design concept and protect my food from possible contamination would be to use a product over the stain color called Waterlox As a second precaution, I wouldn’t want to actually prepare food on the surface itself, but would use a cutting board or something similar.
In the end after much discussion with friends and some research into making my own stain with tea and even coffee , it was Kristi’s post – especially after this incident with lemon juice and Waterlox – that I said I should just listen to what seems to be the go to solution for quite a few bloggers when it comes to sealing their butcher block counters.
However, as stated on this page the EPA wants less than 15 parts per billion of lead in drinking water as an action level,” but states elsewhere that no amount of lead consumption is safe for humans Million Dollar Baby is wanting us to consider 10 parts per million (0.001%), which is much more than something measured in parts per billion, as safe.
Hi, I have also just purchased and installed IKEA Hammarp Birch countertops, and having the same issue – blotchy stain. After the wood completely dries, wipe it down with a dry paper towel, and apply a finishing wax or other food-safe oil. Sanding is carried out before finishing to remove defects from the wood surface that will affect the appearance and performance of finishes that are subsequently applied to the wood. Create vintage, timeworn looks on new furniture using the Distressing technique.
By using this economical and environment-friendly wood stain product, you make a positive statement about conserving your environment. I suspect that this formaldehyde is a drop in the bucket compared to the emissions of press-wood furniture and conventional finishes. I have been trying a primer, paint, shellac, but that doesn’t feel strong or safe. Creosote continues to give off vapours for some time after application and can leech into the soil and groundwater, entering into the food chain. From furniture to floors, trust Minwax® products that beautify and protect wood.
We also tested most with the various natural wood stains we were reviewing in case this showed us any differences. Hint: this recipe can be modified to create a thicker furniture polish that rubs on with a soft cloth. This stain has been matched to the standards of the traditional Wood Finish line so that your finished results are the same, beautiful, consistent color. Little Colorado is a brand that offers children’s furniture in unfinished solid wood. It can be used as a wood conditioner or polish, or as a sealant applied over a base finish of paint. Most often they are not really food safe and little by little will come off with use.
If there isn’t any poison in wood finish to begin with, there’s no need to worry at all. If you’re going for the clean look of new wood, avoid lengthy sanding and go for a quick pass through a wood planer for clean, crisp, wood. We use a lot of wood for our raised beds, so any advice on protection is very welcome! Bees wax, mineral oil, white shellac, water based polyurethane, and salad bowl finish are your best bets for a safe coating.
Plain food coloring maybe, but I have no idea how long it would last and might dye the food a little. We purchased a large butcher block counter top to replace the rather ugly solid-surface we had on our kitchen island. One of the common concerns in using a conventional wood sealant is the impact any potential arsenic in the product has on your health. It is widely used by rabbit owners for housing so generally considered a safe option. Just one application of the steel wool stain significantly darkened the other stains.