Surface treatment of wooden cutlery 2
30 July 04

2. Film surface treatment: The effect is significant, but there will be problems later

    It is undeniable that the film-forming surface treatment allows the wood to reflect the eye-catching brilliance. However, some outer coatings, such as lacquer, shellac and beeswax, are easy to do, but they are often used. Wood that is used and occasionally needs cleaning has poor durability. If the effect of these surface treatments disappears, it may be easier to reconstruct them, but it is also troublesome to repeat them.


    For varnishes, the situation of supporting or opposing it is more complicated. Many wooden utensils used every day, such as spoons, rolling pin, chopping board, mortar, and pestle, seem to be ideal with a tough film to withstand the time, but once the varnish or polyurethane paint (polyurethane) Cracking, especially when it is penetrated by water, is very difficult to repair.

However, the surface treatment of these hard paint films is more suitable for use on dry wood products, such as sugar bowls or lidded biscuit boxes. These wood devices do not wear out during use and usually require only dust removal. Therefore, the paint film can withstand many years of use.


Because the oil/varnish coating is drying slowly, their odor will remain on the wood. When the container has a lid, the smell will sometimes remain for several months. I will not let such wood and food contact, unless The odor disappeared completely. In addition to waiting, you can choose to do no surface treatment inside the container, or use a quick-curing shellac.

3. Natural, no surface treatment of wood

    The third option is to use sandpaper for the final surface treatment, in other words without any surface treatment. The wood plates I used in my kitchen didn't do any surface treatment. They had been used for almost 12 years and were barely damaged. It is best to choose some closed-pored wood such as maple, cherry, or birch.


Of course, there are some secrets to letting woodware maintain its elegant appearance in long-term use. When cleaning them, do not soak them in water; use mild soap; gently wipe and rinse. Then towel dry or dry.

    Do not put the woodware in the dishwasher or in the microwave. Some wood, especially fruit trees, are sensitive to cold and are likely to crack if stored refrigerated.