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Forum topic by sawdustjunkie posted 06-22-2015 05:00 PM 1487 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-22-2015 05:00 PM

I was just wondering if it is better to just soak a board in mineral oil for a few min or apply the oil over a 3-4 day period and then coat with the oil and beeswax.

I have been applying the oil over a 3 day period and then give it a oil and wax coating for the last 2 days. So it has lots of oil and wax on the board

Am I doing it correctly or could I just soak the board in oil and then apply the oil and wax to seal the boards?

Any suggestions would be appreciated.


-- Steve: Franklin, WI

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#1 posted 06-22-2015 05:37 PM

I place it in a 170 degree oven for a few minutes and then wipe it down with wax for the first coat. Keep adding the wax for about 4 – 6 coats with a 20 – 30 min dry time between. Get an onion. Dice.

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#2 posted 06-22-2015 06:49 PM

I like using Emmet’s Good Stuff and saturate the CB until it can’t absorb

any more. Wait a day or two and saturate with mineral oil. Works well for me.

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#3 posted 06-22-2015 06:57 PM


I am looking for ideas! Not really interested in eating the board

-- Steve: Franklin, WI

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#4 posted 06-23-2015 11:33 AM

Placing it in the oven opens the pores of the wood. This assists in the mineral oil and/or wax being absorbed.


I am looking for ideas! Not really interested in eating the board

- sawdustjunkie

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#5 posted 06-23-2015 11:57 AM

I usually just give it a coat of oil, wipe off the excess after 5-10 minutes. I do this daily for three days, a little more if it’s end grain. But I don’t bother with bees wax or any other finish, just mineral oil.

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#6 posted 06-23-2015 01:42 PM

This will sound like heresy to most but I don’t finish my boards with anything. All my cutting boards are one piece of timber, sized to fit in the sink with the rest of the washing up. They are fully submerged, scrubbed both sides and put in the dish rack to dry with the dishes. Sometimes they cup a bit, most times they are flat enough to use. The only time they look good is when they are wet.

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#7 posted 06-24-2015 12:53 AM


When I make boards, I wipe them down with a damp rag after sanding and that raises the grain to allow it to be sanded down again and have a very smooth surface and ready for the oil!

Wouldn’t heating the mineral oil before applying do the same thing as heating the board?
I am just trying to see if there is a faster way to oil the board. The way I do it now, it takes 5 days to treat the board. Three days of oil and two more with the oil & beeswax.
They really have a lot of oil in them when I am done, but I may be applying too much oil on them, because when it gets warm in the garage, they really sweat out the oil and have to be wiped down a lot to get the excess oil off.

-- Steve: Franklin, WI

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#8 posted 06-24-2015 02:09 AM

if you’re using them for food, stop putting wax and crap on the boards! :)

You ONLY need mineral oil. Give it a couple (or 3) heavy coats. Let it sit between coats until it’s no longer shiny.

If the board is used daily or at least a few times a week, oil it once a week for a month, then twice a month for 3 months, then once a month for 6 months, then just do it if it gets to looking dry.

Oil it after anytime you scrub it.

Cleaning a wood board:
Cut a couple lemons in half.
Wipe the board with a damp cloth (DAMP…. not wet)
Sprinkle kosher salt on the board.
Scrub it with a half a lemon

That will clean a VERY dirty board! trust me.

If it just needs a light cleaning, damp cloth, kosher salt, scrub it with a damp plastic kitchen scrubby.

That’s it. that’s all they need. If you’re making an art piece, be sure to route a keyhole slot in the back so you can hang it on the wall and go ahead and put a hand rubbed piano finish it on it if you want.

But if you’re going to USE it… for FOOD…. just mineral oil and cleaning with salt.

You guys can complicate the heck out of this but simple really does work well. I won’t use a board that has wax or some kind of exotic “finish” on it. Wax holds bacteria and breeds mold. A well maintained wood board is cleaner than any plastic board out there and MUCH kinder to expensive knives.

I cut every day. On wood boards. And have been doing so for decades.

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