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Old 09-15-2010, 02:40 PM   #1
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Acacia wood salad set

Hello! Question about a wooden salad set from my grandmother. Here's the scoop: This wooden salad set looks similar to ones I've seen called Acacia and Calabash shape with a large serving bowl, eating bowls and a spoon & fork. My grandmother gave it to me roughly ten years ago and most of her stuff was from the sixties or seventies. My dear husband was trying to help clean the kitchen up after my long workday and he put this salad set in the dishwasher. Now it has blond spots (where the brown rinse water was sitting after the cycle finished) and it has a chemical-ly smell. Is it still safe to eat off of? Can the spots be sanded down? What can I use to remove the smell? Can this awesome heirloom set be saved? Any info you may have on this type of serveware would be helpful! Thanks in advance!


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Old 09-15-2010, 09:06 PM   #2
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If it not warped, you should be able to save it. It it warped, your done. It is most probably safe to use. First thing I would try is to lightly sand and refinish with salad bowl finish, available at many woodworking stores. Also they usually know a local turner who will answer questions. Past that, a good antique restorer could probably tell you what you need. I have had some luck with the curator of the local museum. They are on your payroll and usually glad to help.

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Old 09-16-2010, 08:55 AM   #3
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OK, after trying mayo, fine grit sandpaper and researching, my mother-in-law had the solution that worked! We applied moist heat in the form of a damp, steaming bar mop. All the white marks are gone! I am SOOOO grateful! I'll apply regular () coatings of mineral oil () to keep them from drying out further. As it turns out, these pieces are even more sentimental than I originally thought: My uncle sent them to my grandmother many years ago while he was stationed overseas. Although he has since passed on many years ago, he's still alive in all our hearts. Thanks for keeping this forum going!
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Old 09-16-2010, 01:30 PM   #4
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I'm glad you were able to save them. I hope this doesn't scare DH off from trying to help around the house!
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Old 09-16-2010, 04:01 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by giginpeppep View Post
We applied moist heat in the form of a damp, steaming bar mop. All the white marks are gone!
Congratulations on saving them. I save my grandmothers antique end table from a horrible water ring stain using a steam iron and a towel. (same principle).
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