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Sorry about the photo. I forgot to take a finished shot before giving it away to my Mother-In-Law. After making a ton of similar boards since last Christmas, I’ve benefitted from using makeshift “drying racks” as pictured. I can finish both sides since the brads really don’t leave much evidence that can’t be erased.

Anyways, this board will not be used for cutting. She had wanted one like one that my wife has to use as a trivet. She requested light woods, so I went with the Cherry and Hard Maple combo pictured. The finish is several coats of a gel varnish from General Finish. I hadn’t used it prior, but I’m a fan thus far. Wipe on, Wipe off. Smells a much better while applying and curing than most oil products as well (probably just as toxic, so maybe that’s not a good thing).

-- Jeff, South Carolina





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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 2282 days ago

Jeff,

This is a beautiful cutting board. This is my favorite wood combination so I have to say you did a wonderful job of wood selection for this project. :)

I am sure that this keeps you in good graces with your MIL.

Nice finishing rack too by the way. It does cut down on the time it takes to finish projects like this.

Well done. And thanks for sharing. I appreciated looking at this.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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jjohn

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#2 posted 2282 days ago

Great looking board. I like the way you figured out how to finish both sides quicker.

-- JJohn

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Brad_Nailor

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#3 posted 2282 days ago

Nice board. I use a similar method for finishing my cutting boards. I took a piece of hardboard and drove a bunch of screws through it then I took a hammer and dulled the tips of the screws. It works great for being able to finish all sides at once!

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USCJeff

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#4 posted 2282 days ago

Hadn’t though of dullling the brads/screws. Seems obvious now. Definitely will since the brads ahve the potential to scratch the finish if care isn’t taken.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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RusticElements

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#5 posted 2282 days ago

Nice rack idea. I think I’ll steal that one;).

But, why do you need this type of rack for a cutting board? Cutting boards shouldn’t be finished with anything that would need it. Food safe oils and waxes are just wipe on/off. I wouldn’t want to eat off anything finished with anything else; urethane, varnish, etc.

-- Michael R. Harvey - Brewster, NY - RusticElementArt.com - SpaceAware.org - AnConn.com

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Brad_Nailor

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#6 posted 2282 days ago

I like to flood the board with my finish of choice, and let it soak in. I used to use strait mineral oil, but recently switched to a commercial product that is mineral oil thats thinned out a little so it absorbs faster into the wood. I keep coating all sides and edges of the board till it wont soak up any more oil. Then I wipe it down and let it sit, and keep wiping any oil that might leech back out.

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USCJeff

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#7 posted 2282 days ago

My understanding is that the “food safe” finishes are a marketing ploy. According to Flexner’s, “Understanding Wood Finishes”, he agrees. Any finish is non-toxic after it cures. Some cure faster, but all are fine once the chemicals have run their course. Gel Varnish for in this case takes a week at best but a longer wait isn’t a bad idea. Reading the contents on the different types shows many identical products labeled differently for marketing differentiation.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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RusticElements

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#8 posted 2276 days ago

They’ll also tell you that long term storage of food in plastic is safe and mercury is OK to put in your mouth as long as a dentist does it for you.

I’ve read these reports as well. I’ve also done a great deal of research on health, nutrition and environmental toxicity. Mineral oil is about as far as I’ll go with synthetics. I use that combined with various natural oils and waxes. I won’t use plastic on anything to be used with food.

-- Michael R. Harvey - Brewster, NY - RusticElementArt.com - SpaceAware.org - AnConn.com

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USCJeff

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#9 posted 2276 days ago

Can’t argue with mineral oil. I’ve never heard anything that would indicate it being anything but safe. I suppose I can’t put up an educated argument for or against other cured finishes of my own knowledge. I can only rely on what I’ve read from magazines and literature that market themselves as authoritative on subjects. The word “markets” is to imply that there might be some bias and overstating in some cases. I really couldn’t say. There’s quite a bit out there that claim that once cured its cool. Again, I couldn’t say for sure. Maybe better safe than sorry is the right route? :)

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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