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finishing kitchen tool handles
Sep 6th, 2023 at 11:11pm
 
I am making pizza cutters and ice cream scoops with wood handles. what is the best finish to use and should they be hand washed or is a dishwasher  ok?

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Re: finishing kitchen tool handles
Reply #1 - Sep 7th, 2023 at 6:09am
 
Nothing made of wood should ever go in the dishwasher.  Use the sink instead.

When I did some many years ago, I used WOP.  Today, I would probably use Tung Oil (probably 1:1 with limonene) - at least three coats allowing each coat to cure 8-12 hours, or longer before reapplying.

The thing about Tung Oil is that a few years down the road when it starts to look at bit tired, you can buff it lightly with steel wool and apply a fresh application to make it look brand new.  You can refinish WOP, but you would need to sand it more aggressively, and you would probably need multiple coats.  And I prefer the softer gloss of pure Tung Oil to the high gloss of WOP.
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Re: finishing kitchen tool handles
Reply #2 - Sep 7th, 2023 at 8:48am
 
Some brands of kitchen utensils have threaded inserts, that allow you to remove the handle, either for washing or refinishing.
I usually use some type of poly. I use General finishes products mostly.
Their bowl turners finish works well
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Re: finishing kitchen tool handles
Reply #3 - Sep 7th, 2023 at 9:11am
 
I just use mineral oil.  Hand wash and dry. reapply as needed.
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Reply #4 - Sep 7th, 2023 at 11:03am
 
"Can it go in the dishwasher?" Well, it can go through once...... No good wood should go in the dishwasher. I like the walnut oil since it will eventually cure and harden with exposure to air and sun light. Some of the wipe on poly finishes are good too. One I haven't given a good shot of experimenting with is the Rubio Monocote. Lots of people are raving about it.

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Re: finishing kitchen tool handles
Reply #5 - Sep 7th, 2023 at 6:04pm
 
If you are making multiples, likely at least some will go to households other than yours.

My experience pure tung oil takes week or more to dry.  Thinning may shorten drying time, but then thinner film/less protection.

I doubt very much typical household has tung oil or walnut oil or poly in the closet, cans once opened likely to solidify over time, limited sources to purchase.

Many households already have mineral oil in a closet, if not easy to find in any grocery store or pharmacy.  Doesn't sound as elegant as tung/poly/walnut but in my opinion more practical and efficient for customer.  Over the last ten years I have sold at least a hundred spurtles with mineral oil "finish" and haven't heard a single negative comment about mineral oil.
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Re: finishing kitchen tool handles
Reply #6 - Sep 7th, 2023 at 6:50pm
 
thank you for all of the info. I think what I will do is to supply a care note with each handled tool.
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