Howards Butcher Block Conditioner :Nice satin finish on cutting boards

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Review by pintodeluxe posted 05-01-2012 05:12 PM 8482 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I was impressed with this product after applying it to some cutting boards recently. In the past I have used mineral oil, which leaves an oily finish that never seems to dry. The Butcher Block Conditioner is a mix of mineral oil and natural waxes, so it dries to a smooth satin finish after 20 minutes. A quick wipe-down and the wood feels great.
Available at Home Depot.
I think it is worth a try.

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#1 posted 05-01-2012 05:39 PM

^thanks for this, Pinto! I’ve always used mineral oil, too, and scoffed at $8 bottles of what I thought was just mineral oil with a fancy label. Given your success, I might have to give this stuff a try. Thanks again!

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#2 posted 05-01-2012 05:53 PM

I used this on a bread saw for my mom at Christmas and it turned out quite well, though it can get a little messy when applying if not careful.

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#3 posted 05-01-2012 06:14 PM

I love this stuff too.

But I have switched to a couple of coats of plain mineral oil first, then use this product which is mineral oil and waxes. It is cheaper this way, but the main reason is that I seem to get a board that is more long lasting and washable by doing the first deep penetration of oil. The wax seems to close up the pores too fast. I donknow, works for me.

Good stuff, I would recommend it.

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#4 posted 05-01-2012 06:26 PM

Yeah I could see that working too. Thanks for the tip.

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

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#5 posted 05-01-2012 10:06 PM

That stuff looks interesting, I might try it. I always do a good soaking application with General Finishes Butcher block oil..It’s basically mineral Oil that’s at a thinner viscosity. It soaks into the board deeply, then I hit it with regular Mineral Oil blended with beeswax, warmed slightly till the wax is clear. This seems to work good..if you put the wax mixture on first it seems to impede the deep penetration of the oil, like Steve said. When I sell/give away boards, most people either never cut on them ..ever, or they treat them really badly..leaving them wet, cutting with serrated edged knives…never oiling the board…so i like to send them off with a good soaking!


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#6 posted 05-02-2012 02:11 AM

I use the same stuff on all my cutting boards. Great product and available from Home Depot.

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#7 posted 05-03-2012 02:51 AM

GF Butcher Block OIL
Material Name: Butcher Block Oil
Material Description: Petroleum distillate
Manufacturer: General Finishes Corp., P.O Box 510567, New Berlin, WI 53151
(262) 786-6050
Emergency Phone Number: (800) 783-6050
SECTION 2: Composition/Information on Ingredients
CAS # Chemical Name Percent TLV PEL 8042-47-5 Mineral oil, white 100.0%


White Mineral Oil 8042-47-5 85-95 %
Di Alpha Tocopherol (Vitamin E) 59-02-9 <1
Beeswax 8012-89-3 2-8
Carnauba Wax 8015-86-9 2-8

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#8 posted 05-05-2012 07:57 PM

I’m not surprised at the good comments. Haven’t used it myself but have used other Howard’s products and they are all great. Thanks for the review.

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#9 posted 05-06-2012 05:15 PM

If anyone anyone wants a homemade version of it, I suggest warming some food-grade mineral oil in a jar placed in boiling water. Then place some chunks of beeswax and/or carnauba wax until they all melt and mix together. It has worked great for my cutting boards. You can essentially make the same thing for a fraction of the cost, but then again what’s your time worth? :D

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#10 posted 11-01-2012 08:03 PM

Does the wax content have any effect on food appearance or taste? And does the wax ever flake off when cutting?

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#11 posted 11-03-2012 03:30 AM

Doesn’t affect food. Doesn’t flake off.
You will need to recondition cutting boards periodically.

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

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#12 posted 01-31-2013 09:09 PM

The wax is absorbed into the wood, it doesn’t sit on the surface so there’s nothing to flake off. I used this on a hickory bread cutter and I really like the way it feels even after months of everyday use. I recommend many coats applied when the wood is at room temp or a little above. And it smells nice.


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#13 posted 07-11-2015 08:27 AM

Picked up a sample size bottle at Woodcraft for my sample board (not posting pictures because I HATE the glue-up). Wondering how long people wait between coats for a new board? The plan is to make another few (learning from my mistakes) to give as wedding gifts this summer. Was thinking about including a small bottle of conditioner, along with instructions for care. But … Have put two coats on tonight, and looks good. Was going to let it soak overnight and add some more, but as some have mentioned, it appears that the pores have been “blocked” at this point.

On the next boards, am going to try the mineral oil soaking first, then this for the final coat or two.

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