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Is Olive Wood Dangerous for Woodworking? TOXIC? Answered

I've been wanting to make a small mallet out of a tree branch, And I recently spotted a small olive tree branch that fell.

Since I'm pretty new to woodworking, I thought I'd google the wood to find out it's properties, This is the confusing thing that I found:

Here, It says that Olive Wood is commonly used for "kitchen utensils, carved wooden bowls, cutting boards, fine furniture, and decorative items", Which means that it should barely be something allergenic, Aka safe to use, Since it's used with food.

But here, It says that Olive Wood is "Olive trees are extremely allergenic, with an OPALS allergy scale rating of 10 out of 10" aka "9-10 Extremely high potential to cause allergies, should be replaced with less allergenic species".


Now I'm confused...

Does anyone know what really is true?

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Downunder35m

3 years ago

Are you allergic to it?
If not then don't worry and once the wood is painted or oiled for protection it won't be an issue anyway - or did you intent to chew on the mallet? ;)

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Yonatan24Downunder35m

Reply 3 years ago

I'm not allergic to olives, Not that I know of. Olive Wood could be something else though

I'll just have to make sure to Varnish it completely... If the mallet ends up tasting good, I might end eating the mallet. We'll see ;)

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Downunder35mYonatan24

Reply 3 years ago

If you have the time for it then use boiled linseed oil instead of varnish, you'll love the finnish once it is finally dry and you gave it polish with 800 grid sandpaper.

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Yonatan24Downunder35m

Reply 3 years ago

I have the time, But don't have the linseed oil :)

I might be able to find something similar...