18" X 24" Maple Butcher Block Cutting Board

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Project by Kram79 posted 10-23-2009 06:28 PM 5484 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first made to order butcher block. All my previous boards were finished with General Finishes salad bowl finish. They buyer requested that this be a mineral oil and bees wax finish. I was amazed how much mineral oil it sucked up, I ended up using the entire 12 oz bottle that I bought. I must say I still prefer the salad bowl finish to mineral oil as the wood stays lighter in color.

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#1 posted 10-23-2009 10:27 PM

I have not tried the salad bowl finish but I agree – the mineral oil just goes in and you use a lot of it.

What is the comparison between what is needed? I am wondering if you noticed which application left a better quality board in the long run.

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#2 posted 10-23-2009 10:34 PM

A great board well done

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#3 posted 10-24-2009 02:15 AM

Kate I prefer the Salad bowl finish. It lasts longer and doesn’t darken the boards as much as mineral oil, and need far less maintenance. When some knife marks show i just wipe a little mineral oil on it and it looks great again. When I use the salad bowl finish I go 50/50 with mineral spirits and just keep adding it til it starts to come out the bottom. Wipe off the excess and put it on end. Do this twice and you are good for a couple years. We have used ours almost daily for 6 months now and you can barely tell. I actually wiped a little mineral oil on it a couple days ago for the first time.

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#4 posted 10-24-2009 05:20 AM

Very nice. Looks great.

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#5 posted 10-24-2009 05:56 AM

I love it. Great job.

Curious if you could share how to glued up all the individual pieces?

-- Matt, Arizona

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#6 posted 10-24-2009 06:43 AM

Matt under my buddies on my home page check out the woodwhisperer. He gives a great two part video tutorial on making endgrain cutting boards. It actually amazingly simple. Good luck

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#7 posted 01-04-2010 05:01 AM

I too have watched teh woodwhisper video . Lots of fun to watch and has a lot of great info for ua rookies.

-- In His service ,Richard

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#8 posted 01-21-2010 08:30 PM

Hey KRam79,

Do you have any tips on your glue up for the great random pattern you created? I have made a couple boards now but usually by just gluing the long strips together then cutting and flipping them, but leaving a some what symetrical pattern. Or did you do the same thing and you just tried to randomly space your long sections?? Thanks!

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#9 posted 10-26-2010 07:34 PM

Another vote for the salad bowl finish over mineral oil!

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