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Is Shellac Food Safe Enough For A Cutting Board?

Shellac can give any wooden surface a fantastic honey-colored amber coat. That is why shellac has been used as a furniture finish, going back centuries. And it’s easy to see why shellac is such a long-time favourite. Especially as this quick-drying finish leaves behind an eye-popping high gloss surface. But, appearances aren’t everything when it …

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Are Purple Heart Wood Cutting Boards Food Safe (Or Are They Toxic)?

Wouldn’t it be lovely to have a purpleheart cutting board gracing your home kitchen? Purpleheart and Walnut cutting boards are particularly beautiful. Especially in the way that they contrast dark walnut brown against Purplehearts violet grain. Still, when it comes to food prep, choosing cutting board wood is more about safety over style. Which is …

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