Did I over Oil thecutting board?

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Forum topic by becikeja posted 12-20-2015 02:18 PM 994 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-20-2015 02:18 PM

I made my first cutting board for a Christmas present this year. End grain about 1.5” thick made from Cherry and Hard Maple. 7 days ago I oiled it up with General Finishes butcher block oil. I spread it on until it stopped soaking in, waited 30 minutes and then wiped it dry. 6 days ago I repeated the process. Then every night since I wipe it dry, have never added anymore oil, but I can’t seem to get it dry. 3 days from now, I have to wrap it. Will it be dry? should it be dry? Any solutions?

-- Don't outsmart your common sense

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#1 posted 12-20-2015 02:57 PM

Since you are wiping it every day, I think I would put it in a southern exposure window, and wipe it every hour until it doesn’t leak any more. What wood did you use for the board? ............. Jerry (in Tucson)

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#2 posted 12-20-2015 03:38 PM

Its an End grain cutting board – Cherry and Hard Maple. Where I have it drying there is no sun. Perhaps you’re right I need to move it to a window.

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#3 posted 12-20-2015 04:10 PM

Would low heat in an oven work?

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#4 posted 12-20-2015 04:48 PM

Is the shop or area you have the board warm?if not I have found if it’s cool/cold the oil doesn’t soak in and dry.Also if your near a newspaper printer talk to one of the crew, and ask if you can get some end roll,they cut off the paper roll when there isn’t enough; so the rolls have 4-5 ft of paper still on the rolls.most times they will tell you to help your self or charge you a couple bucks.then lay the newspaper down,place the cutting board on it,then a piece on top,this will help draw some of the excess oil out.

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#5 posted 12-20-2015 07:16 PM

shop temperature is mid to low 50’s so I figured it would take a little longer. But 7 days seems excessive, that’s why I thought I would ask. I think I will bring it in the house and see if that helps.

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#6 posted 12-20-2015 07:40 PM

It’s mineral oil. It doesn’t ”dry”—it only soaks in, then slowly evaporates.

Your end-grain board is “bleeding out”—you just need to soak up the bleeding oil until it stops bleeding. Heat and paper to absorb the excess oil is the way to go IMHO. (Brown paper bags, or any absorbent paper). But don’t expect mineral oil to “dry”

-- Jerry, making sawdust professionally since 1976

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#7 posted 12-20-2015 07:44 PM

Preheat the wife’s oven to the lowest temp it will obtain.
Turn the oven off.
Place the board in the oven on a drying rack in a drip pan.
When the oven get’s cold, do it again.
Do it until your finish has soaked in and it has started making a hard surface.

Good Luck.
This has always worked for me.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#8 posted 12-20-2015 08:57 PM

Brown paper bag will do the trick.

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#9 posted 12-21-2015 12:35 AM

It’s a cutting board, not supposed to be dry. Cut some cardboard to fit it on the front and back and wrap it.

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#10 posted 12-21-2015 12:45 AM

+1 for what Dallas suggested.

-- Howard - "Time spent making sawdust is not deducted from one's lifetime." - old Scottish proverb

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