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Forum topic by mike5753 posted 1442 days ago 1021 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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mike5753

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1442 days ago

I finished a cutting board three weeks ago and finished it with mineral oil instead of the salad bowl finish I normally use. Board is made of walnut, maple, and cherry. I noticed when I gave the board to a friiend today that the paper I had wrapped the board in had a few stains from the mineral oil. Is this normal? Or did I mess up the finish. I thought I was safe with the board being finished three weeks ago. Any info appreciated

Thanks

MIke

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Rustic

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#1 posted 1442 days ago

it is normal I believe. The oil will seep through the board for a few days from my understanding

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geppetto

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#2 posted 1442 days ago

Very normal. Mineral oil (sometimes with canauba wax) is a typical cutting board finish.

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big_wood

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#3 posted 1442 days ago

Agreed. The mineral oil will never cure like a conventional finish. It’s purpose is to prevent moisture/water from being absorbed into the wood by being absorbed into the wood itself. It will have to be re-applied periodically depending on use (once a month or every 2 weeks if you use it heavily). Tell your friend to wipe off the excess before use and that it is the sign that it is well protected. Also never soak/submerge your cutting board. Wash, rinse, wipe & air dry. My $0.02

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lew

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#4 posted 1442 days ago

Mike,

My wife always wraps my kitchen stuff, finished with mineral oil, in wax paper before the final “presentation” wrapping. This helps prevent the oil bleed through. “big_wood” ’s advice is right on. It’s nice to print up “care and feeding” instructions and include them with the item.

Lew

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RS Woodworks

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#5 posted 1442 days ago

YUP. I use mineral oil with pure bee’s wax melted into it. I give a care sheet and a small jar of the finish along with it for any gift boards I give.

Ryan

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