Originally Posted by walkerrosewood View Post
I don't know much about other types of finishes likes mineral oil, shellac, etc.
So, then you get some scrap wood, of the type you will use, and experiment with the different finishes, until you get something you're satisfied with. I've used unused cooking oil with good results.
Or, you could get water/rot resistant wood, and not put any finish on it at all.
Or, you could just nail it to the wall, and not have it on the counter at all.
Or, just drink the entire bottle every time you open one.
Plenty of options open to you, just up to you to decide what you want. And if you make something and the wood rots, no prob, just make another, using a different type of wood. Personally if I wanted a 'natural' finish, I might well just use some white Elmer's glue, thinned 50/50, and brushed on. I use thinned Titebond II on any number of things I make, but it does not dry clear like the Elmers, the Titebond dries with a sort of amber color, that I like.
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