I’m in desperate need of help here. I’ve always been terrible at picking finishes. Over the last few weeks I’ve been working on a wooden charcuterie board and I’m having a hard time deciding what food safe finish to use on it.
I’m using white oak and cherry and would like the colours (especially on the cherry) to pop out. I had looked into it and decided to use Tung oil. Unfortunately places around me don’t offer pure tung oil, and the only ones I could find were the “one step finish” tung oils, such as Watco and Minwax, which are apparently not food safe
My local store suggested using Watco’s butcher block oil and conditioner as a base, and then apply Watco’s butcher block oil and finish on top of it to finish the project
1 – I’m wondering if I should ignore all these and go for a finish I haven’t thought of yet.
2 – I’m wondering if anyone has used the above oil/conditioner and if it enhances the wood at all.
3 – do I really need to apply both the oil/conditioner and the oil/finish? Or will one of them give me the required results?
4 – If I use a non food safe oil for the board (for example the above tung oil), and then finish it with the butcher block oil/finishing will it make my project food safe?
I appreciate any help that anyone can offer!
I wasn’t sure if I could post direct links to the product pages so everyone knows exactly which oils I’m talking about, so please feel free to ask and I’ll send them over.