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    Question Cutting boards: Can I use dyes or stains?

    Curious to know if there are any types of dyes or stains I can use on wood prior to putting on the finishing?

    I have a few boards I would like to make Carolina Panters, Duke, or UNC blue (take your pick) and then finish with Walrus oil or my standard mineral oil and beeswax concoction.

    I am sure there are food and safety concerns, I am just not aware of them. Any info would be great.


    PS I would also like to see if anyone has some Paduak they can sell me. I need a few smaller boards.

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    Re: Cutting boards: Can I use dyes or stains?

    I've never used food coloring/dye on wood, but I've heard others have w/ decent results. For the blue, I would try some Easter egg dye.
    I'll gladly tell you how I do something. Just please don't confuse that with the right way to do it, and almost certainly not the only way.


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    Re: Cutting boards: Can I use dyes or stains?

    If these are going to be used to cut meats and vegetables then I'd only use the mineral oil/beeswax finish and no dyes or stains. Food safety is not an overwhelming concern but the boards may get "washed out" with repeated use and cleaning and they'll look trashy.

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    Re: Cutting boards: Can I use dyes or stains?

    What about using an inlay of different color "plastic"? Something like this:

    http://www.usplastic.com/catalog/default.aspx?catid=510

    Or burning in one of the team logos?

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    Re: Cutting boards: Can I use dyes or stains?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff View Post
    ...they'll look trashy.
    Choosing any one of those teams will make the board look trashy.

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    Re: Cutting boards: Can I use dyes or stains?

    I'd prefer to go with the Red Wings or maybe LA Galaxy. But since this is for a local craft show I suspect the NC blues will sell better.

    Quote Originally Posted by NCGrimbo View Post
    Choosing any one of those teams will make the board look trashy.

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    Re: Cutting boards: Can I use dyes or stains?

    I am not necessarily putting the team logos in the board, though if I had a way to laser engrave or CNC enngraver and fill with resin that would be awesome.

    BUt I have neither at the moment.

    Quote Originally Posted by zdorsch View Post
    What about using an inlay of different color "plastic"? Something like this:

    http://www.usplastic.com/catalog/default.aspx?catid=510

    Or burning in one of the team logos?

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    Re: Cutting boards: Can I use dyes or stains?

    Just found this link.

    Maybe I will try this. http://chris-reilly.org/blog/food-safe-wood-stain/

    I wonder if I added the food dye to a clear oil like WalrusOil how well that would work.

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    Re: Cutting boards: Can I use dyes or stains?

    Use red heart and make them for us State fans. Go Pack!!!
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