Are all mineral oils the same?

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12-13-2016 01:51 AM

I’ve made several cutting boards by copying designs I’ve found online. My boards always come out quite a bit darker than the examples I’m copying. It’s disappointing b/c it makes some really colorful woods dark and makes them blend together. Even maple comes out darker than I’d expect. Is there any tricks to maintain the brightness of the wood? I’m sure some of it comes down to the specific wood I’m using but I’ve used a lot of different pieces with similar results. These are end grain boards. I’ve used maple, walnut, cherry, paduak, purple heart and red heart.

Maybe I’m crazy and just need to oil it and move on.

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#1 posted 12-13-2016 02:17 AM

All woods darken when wet, end grain is worse than side grain. I would think most pictures are enhanced to lighten up the wood for better showing the colors and grains when oiled.

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#2 posted 12-13-2016 05:29 PM

Darkening after oiling is just a fact of life that you need to accept. I think most woods look better dark, even maple although it does blend together with the darker woods.

-- Steve

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#3 posted 12-13-2016 05:39 PM

” Are all mineral oils the same?” No you want to use the laxative kind of mineral oil, and stay away from baby oil and industrial mineral oil.

Agree with other posters MO will darken wood and needs reapplication over time.

Recommend moving on!

-- Bill

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#4 posted 12-13-2016 05:41 PM

10-4, moving on. Thanks guys.

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