I just received the Fine Woodworking email titled “A-to-Z furniture finish guide”, and while watching the video linked in the email, I was shocked to see Fine Woodworking’s senior wed producer Ed Pirnick hold up a can of basic hardware store boiled linseed oil and say that it can be used on cutting boards. Not all linseed oil finishes are created equal, and therefore not all of them are the safest finish for items like cutting boards that will come in contact with food. Boiled linseed oil has metalic driers in it, and these driers are typically metalic salts containig toxic heavy metals.
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