Mineral Oil on Cutting Board

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Forum topic by mike5753 posted 08-12-2010 01:34 AM 1195 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-12-2010 01:34 AM

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



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#1 posted 08-12-2010 01:46 AM

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

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#2 posted 08-12-2010 01:50 AM

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


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#3 posted 08-12-2010 01:59 AM

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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#4 posted 08-12-2010 03:06 AM


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.


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#5 posted 08-12-2010 04:05 AM

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.


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