Hello everyone, I made my first salad bowl on the lathe and was searching for a low cost finish. I found a few different types that are 100% food safe they are mostly in-expensive but I am giving this bowl to my fathers nurse as a gift and I wanted to send her something with the bowl that she could apply herself. The ingredients are as follows 1 part Beeswax 5 parts Mineral oil (I used CVS brand (make sure you go with "orderless and tasteless"))
I used a metal bowl inside of a pot and made a makeshift double boiler. Temp is not important. just make sure that when the water begins to boil lower the heat to a little more than simmer and do not use too much water. The bowl should only "slightly" float until bottoming out in the pot of water. after the bar of beeswax is melted stir it until it completely dissolves. then let it cool It will harden to the consistency of chap-stick and smells wonderful.
To use the finish simply wipe on the butcher block or any wood product that you want to be "food safe", then wipe off.