Re: Mash Press
- Another, method would be to 'Paint" the wood with molten coconut oil. (It is solid at room temp.)
In his book "Gardening for when it counts-growing food in hard times" Steve Solomon suggested the use of coconut oil on wood gardening tool handles.
It works great! If you are concerned that coconut may impart a taste, one could try any neutral salad oil (canola, corn, veg., etc.) Simple, non toxic, and relatively inexpensive.
You may have to reapply annually or so...
--- In email@example.com, John Brase <jbrase@...> wrote:
> You might check into finishing oil designed to be used on food contact
> wood surfaces. I think it is sometimes referred to as "salad bowl
> finish." Any woodworking hobby store should have it.
> On 8/31/2011 11:07 PM, adam wrote:
> > Built a press out of red oak wood and want to seal it. Anyone know if
> > the wash juice ie the ethanol etc in it will leach out anything
> > harmful if I coat in epoxy resin or polyeurthene ? I've got some bar
> > counter top epoxy I was thinking might be ok.
I recoated my apple press with Poxy Coat II Clear when the old stuff started peeling away. It's a soy based, food grade epoxy that dries to a hard finish, made for sealing food grade applications and should last 15 years with heavy use, or in my case, a lifetime... You're paying a pretty penny for the product though.