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Forum topic by McFly posted 12-19-2015 04:52 PM 627 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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McFly

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12-19-2015 04:52 PM

Decided to make a pair of cutting boards for family and all I had on hand to finish them with was olive oil. As is par for the course, I started reading up on this AFTER applying it. Turns out, olive oil can experience rancidification, which is bad.

Can I save the finish by sanding down and going with beeswax (or some other board safe product) or should I just burn em and start over?


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bondogaposis

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#1 posted 12-19-2015 05:20 PM

Wash the boards, re-sand and refinish.

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#2 posted 12-19-2015 05:57 PM

Most if all vegetable oils will get rancid in time, actually olive oil do to its PH has some of the longest shelf life.

-- Knowledge and experience equals Wisdom, Michael Frankowski

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conifur

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#3 posted 12-19-2015 07:29 PM

I would mix up a 50/50 mix of ammonia and h2o add a few dops of dish washing soap, wet board good and let it soak a bit, rewet and scrub good, rinse with hot water and let dry and a light sanding and reseal. the ammonia is a great oil cutter.

-- Knowledge and experience equals Wisdom, Michael Frankowski

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#4 posted 12-19-2015 08:18 PM

I would wipe well with mineral spirits, sand lightly and reapply a finish.

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Kazooman

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#5 posted 12-19-2015 09:15 PM

Question: end grain or long grain board? If it is an end grain board then the oil may well have soaked in deeply enough to resist washing out. Also the washing may create some real problems with wood expansion. If it is a long grain board you might get away with it.

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patcollins

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#6 posted 12-19-2015 09:41 PM

I think the fear of rancification is overblown. I would just wipe it down with some mineral oil, that should get some of the olive oil off/out of it and be done with it. All oil will also dry out over time, given that it is in a porous material that can absorb the oil itself it may simply dry out before it goes rancid.

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McFly

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#7 posted 12-19-2015 10:59 PM

It’s a long grain board. I’m gonna go with a mineral oil wipe and hope for the best!

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