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Forum topic by Clay Robinson posted 12-23-2010 09:40 PM 1813 views 1 time favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Clay Robinson

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12-23-2010 09:40 PM

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For all of you who are members of the “cutting board club,” can someone tell me how to bring up a shine on a couple of cutting boards that I have finished with Watco Butcher Block oil?

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#1 posted 12-23-2010 10:30 PM

Butcher block wax? Wax on Wax off grass hopper.

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#2 posted 12-24-2010 11:04 PM

I used salad bowl finish once. Took about 10 coats with sanding(400 grit) in between. Came out with a high gloss look. One caveat though, I’m not sure how the board held up to use.

-- Rick

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#3 posted 12-24-2010 11:27 PM

Sandhill.. too funny .. !!!

I use Watco on mine, and the last two coats are applied a day apart, wet sanding with 400 grit paper, then wiped off. Brings out a nice smooth finish, and shines up nicely. When refinishing, ( approx. 6 months ) I sand it with 220, then put 3 coats on with a cloth, and wet sanded the final two coats. Process takes a week, but the boards are a couple years old, and still look good.


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#4 posted 12-25-2010 12:12 AM

I’ve sanded and scraped the wood to a fine finish, then used 50% salad bowl finish to seal it up. This doesn’t leave a layer of finish to cut up into the food. Then when it looks dry at all you can add some mineral oil to it. In my opinion, it’s a cutting board so it can look perfect when you give it as a gift, but after that you can make it look pretty good with just a little mineral oil every now and then.

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#5 posted 12-25-2010 01:20 AM

I’ve used Walnut Oil to finish maple cutting boards with good results.

-- Phil

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#6 posted 01-06-2011 08:48 AM

I used 2 – 3 coats of salad bowl finish after sanding to 220 and that’s it I saw it after it was in use for a year and it still looked ok.

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#7 posted 01-08-2011 02:04 AM

Walnut oil for boards, spoons and all hardwood utensils. Never rancid, cheap on the grocery shelves. Buffs up nice. s

-- Steve, 'Sconie Great White North

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#8 posted 01-09-2011 05:02 AM

I do a 50/50 mix of Salad Bowl Finish and Mineral Spirits, 8-10 coats. I find after about 5 coats it really starts to shine! The shine seems to last forever as well. I have made over 60 boards and there all still looking good.
just finished to tonight.

I did a few in the dull ( natural ) finish with bee’s wax per request but I prefer the shine personally.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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