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Howard Butcher Block Oil, Conditioner, and Cleaner

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Review by DMiller posted 01-09-2018 12:41 AM 1270 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I don’t normally review products, but this is one i’d like to because I can’t say enough good about the people at Howard. Long story short, several months ago I bought a bottle of Howard’s Cutting Board Oil. Around a month later, I was fortunate to sell a large number of my products to a high end decor store. They bought cutting boards, cheese knives, and spatulas; because of this food safety and finish durability was extremely important. Around half of the products they bought were finished with Howard’s. Around two months after the sale, I was informed by the owner that her spatula and another employee had had the finish “wash right off” when they cleaned the product. I wasn’t fully sure what to think- being that I need their business.
I then contacted Howard Finishes about the problem- they mentioned if I had used their Howard Butcher Block Conditioner, which I hadn’t. They also asked me if they could send me a bottle of it free of charge, which was great. The thing that I am very impressed about was that, much to my surprise, I received 3 bottles of the conditioner, and one bottle of cleaner. To top that off, they paid the extra cost for 1 day shipping.
Overall, their product is working great and their customer service is astounding!
Thanks for reading,
DMiller

-- Dale Miller Modesto, CA "I can do all things through him that strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13. "Woodworking minus patience equals firewood."




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#1 posted 01-09-2018 12:44 AM

Love the Howard’s product line. Especially the yellow colored products like Butcher Block Conditioner and Feed-N-Wax. Great for cutting boards, boxes, and smaller projects.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#2 posted 01-09-2018 02:18 AM

+1. Feed-N-Wax goes on just about everything. I take a case with me to shows so people can see what I recommend and take some home if they want.

-- No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

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#3 posted 01-09-2018 12:55 PM

I started wood turning this year and have been looking for a good food safe finish. I’ll keep this in mind.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#4 posted 01-09-2018 02:50 PM

Thanks for the replies, guys! I have to try the feed-n-wax some time! Thanks!

-- Dale Miller Modesto, CA "I can do all things through him that strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13. "Woodworking minus patience equals firewood."

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#5 posted 01-09-2018 04:10 PM

Do people honestly think that a food safe finish will NOT wash off? I put mineral oil on our butcher block every couple of weeks.

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#6 posted 01-09-2018 04:39 PM



Do people honestly think that a food safe finish will NOT wash off? I put mineral oil on our butcher block every couple of weeks.

- dhazelton

Sadly, yes. The high end store owner could not understand that you “need to re-apply the finish” every time you wash an item. It make it a little challenging for me because they did not want to carry finish in their store; do you guys who use feen-n-wax re-apply after every use? Thanks! Dale

-- Dale Miller Modesto, CA "I can do all things through him that strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13. "Woodworking minus patience equals firewood."

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#7 posted 01-09-2018 05:18 PM

I have a bottle of the beeswax and orange oil – I did NOT know it was for cutting boards as well. I actually used it on my boots yesterday.

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#8 posted 01-09-2018 05:30 PM


Sadly, yes. The high end store owner could not understand that you “need to re-apply the finish” every time you wash an item. It make it a little challenging for me because they did not want to carry finish in their store; do you guys who use feen-n-wax re-apply after every use? Thanks! Dale

- DMiller

For your spatulas and cheese knives (and other smaller items), I recommend the The Beall Wood Buff Kit. You’ll be amazed at the difference in finish quality compared to other oils and waxes. The final step in the process is pure carnauba wax, which has to be applied with friction. The wax block is hard as a rock, and unlike wax formulations containing carnauba, you are getting the full hardness of it. It will withstand multiple hand washings and still look like new.

For cutting boards, some guys use paraffin. Melt it on, scrape it off and it seals the board nicely. After that, you can use whatever oil you like.

Regarding Feed-N-Wax, it’s more of a conditioner and polish to apply a couple of times a year to keep the finish on furniture and cabinets looking good. I wouldn’t use it on a cutting board.

-- No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

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#9 posted 01-09-2018 09:38 PM

This product, Howard’s Butcher Block Oil, has become my go-to product for all my cutting boards, cheese boards and pizza peels I sell in my galleries.
Long lasting, gives the product a great pop on the grain, and I have gone back even 3-4 months later on a couple that didn’t sell, and they still looked great.
Outstanding product, available at my local HD for a reasonable price.
WAY better than walnut oil.

I simply tell the gallery owners that they should tell the buyers that they need to go to HD and get a bottle.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#10 posted 01-09-2018 10:57 PM



This product, Howard s Butcher Block Oil, has become my go-to product for all my cutting boards, cheese boards and pizza peels I sell in my galleries.
Long lasting, gives the product a great pop on the grain, and I have gone back even 3-4 months later on a couple that didn t sell, and they still looked great.
Outstanding product, available at my local HD for a reasonable price.
WAY better than walnut oil.

I simply tell the gallery owners that they should tell the buyers that they need to go to HD and get a bottle.

- Tennessee

Thanks, Tennessee! When using just Howard’s Cutting Board Oil, have you ever had problems with the finish “washing right off” when you wash the product? Thanks!

Ps. I just noticed that you build guitars. Do you mind if I ask you some questions as I am attempting to build an acoustic? Thanks!

-- Dale Miller Modesto, CA "I can do all things through him that strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13. "Woodworking minus patience equals firewood."

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#11 posted 01-11-2018 11:25 PM

I use Howard’s and like it but like any oil, you wash (some scrubbing ie sponge) and it’ll be gone quickly. Warm water more so. Then with soap…well, soap is made to remove oil so it shouldn’t be a surprise. That said, I wash my spoons and bowls lightly with cool to warm but never hot water and I use little soap and…I personally enjoy putting a drop of oil in the bowl of the spoon and it’s like re loving the design feel etc all over again – for me.

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#12 posted 01-12-2018 12:45 PM

The stuff I use is the bottle on the right in his picture, the Conditioner.
It has, I believe, Beeswax, Purified mineral oil, Vitamin E or D, (can’t remember), and Carnuba Wax.
So it is way more complex than just the oil, and won’t wash off anywhere near as fast. And it lasts longer in the one gallery I show in, which has a problem in the winter with really low humidity from the HVAC heat side they have in the building.

There was one guy who had a very nice hollow form bowl, with a really small opening. Had to take him hours. It sat nicely over the summer, and just as we were entering the Christmas season they turned on the heat, and it gained a small but distinct shrink crack in the top. Boy, was he upset…

But my cutting boards with two coats of Howards Conditioner, they seem to do fine.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#13 posted 01-12-2018 04:24 PM

Thanks jopo ad Tennessee! I noticed in some test I did with the finish that the hotter the water was, the easier the finish came off. Tennessee, recently I have been applying one coat of oil followed by around three coats of conditioner, which seems to be working well. Thanks guys!

-- Dale Miller Modesto, CA "I can do all things through him that strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13. "Woodworking minus patience equals firewood."

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