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#1 posted 09-01-2009 04:48 AM

Salad bow finish produces a surface coat that will wear and cut off with use. I would never use it on a work surface like a butcher block. Mineral oil or processed Walnut oil (my preference) are much better and should be renewed every 3 to 6 months depending on use the block gets. Mineral oil never really dries out and some people also dissolve some paraffin in it. You need to heat it to dissolve the paraffin….use caution doing this, you don’t want a fire. Processed walnut oil (it is heat treated) actually cures/dries in the wood providing both a seal and helping harden the wood fiber… does not add any color. One small draw back to walnut oil might occur if someone using it is “highly” allergic to walnuts I guess they could have a reaction but I doubt it because of the heat treating process.

The least expensive mineral oil is often found in the department store pharmacy; baby oil is mineral oil, just get the unscented type.

-- Les B, Oregon

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