Oil's well that ends well.
September 2, 2011 12:37 PM Subscribe
If I seal wood with some oil (say, olive oil, or mineral oil), does heating the wood add anything to this process?
posted by curious nu to science & nature (10 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I am making some cups! Due to the construction (bamboo), I have zero worry about leakage, so the sealing is more against long-term wear and flavors and such being picked up on the interior.
For some reason I have it in my mind that once I let the oil sit on the wood for a few hours, I should heat it in a low-temp oven for awhile. I.. have no idea if this is right or if it's actually doing anything.
Extra bonus sub-question: is this actually necessary at all? Pretty much all the wood-sealing-for-food-use stuff I've come across on the web during this little project is dealing with things like appearance, leaks, and splinters, none of which I have to worry about. Assume the cups would be used for a wide variety of liquids.