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03-13-2010 01:37 AM

Topic tags/keywords: finish for cutting board question walnut finishing

i am attempting to make a cutting board just not sure what the best finish is

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#1 posted 03-13-2010 02:07 AM

What I see used most is Behlens Salad Bowl Finish (General Finishes also makes a salad bowl finish). There may be other finishes that are “safe enough” once they cure, but you can’t go wrong with salad bowl finish.

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#2 posted 03-13-2010 02:13 AM

Mineral Oil….

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#3 posted 03-13-2010 02:17 AM

Here is a thread that discussed this as well that may give you additional info.

I like Claphams bees wax salad bowl finish or Good Stuffs Butcher block finish.

Good luck.


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#4 posted 03-13-2010 02:42 AM

I use Howards Butcher Block Conditioner
it soaks in nice wipes up easy and leaves a sweet soft finish because it has natural waxes in it.
I get mine from Home Depot.


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#5 posted 03-13-2010 12:33 PM

The woodwhisper has a endgrain cutting board, he has on his site. I have 2 endgrain cutting boards that I still need to finish up. But because of my health I have been in and out of the hospital the last 3 weeks, out for now..

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#6 posted 03-13-2010 01:36 PM

I agree with Enthalpy. I use mineral oil. It can’t get rancid as vegetable oil can, looks great, and is easily renewable – just wipe more on, which you have to do fairly regularly.

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#7 posted 03-13-2010 07:15 PM

I used gf salad bowl finish, worked really well. Its the one that the wood whisperer used, he demos about 4 different types of finish for cutting boards.

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#8 posted 03-13-2010 08:05 PM

Though I’ve never used mineral oil before, a thinned GF salad bowl finish worked for all the cutting boards I made in the past. I might try mineral oil in the future just to experiment.

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#9 posted 03-13-2010 08:28 PM

I use mineral oil on my cutting boards. A couple of bucks for bottle at the drug store.

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#10 posted 03-13-2010 09:17 PM

I use mineral oil. I give cutting boards to customers and tell them to get some and wipe on a thin coat every 6-8 weeks depending on how often they wash the board.

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#11 posted 03-13-2010 11:31 PM

I like the Watco’s butcher block oil. Easy to apply with a terry cloth or cheese cloth and up the road it great for a additional recondition application. BC

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