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dbhost

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02-16-2011 10:27 PM

For those with a decent memory, Christmas 2009 saw LOML getting a VERY large red oak and walnut cutting board as a shop made gift. Well while cleaning up the kitchen, and washing the cutting board recently she soaked it in water, and didn’t oil the board before putting it up… To say the least, the grain raised, and then some…

There was one spot, at a glue joint, where it seemed to splinter, and blow out leaving about a 1/16” deep gouge in the board. Now this just couldn’t be allowed to stay that way. Back to the shop with it…

A couple of hours carefully hand planing, re flattening, sanding, and then going over the edge with the roundover bit again, the board was ready for finish, and yet again, I put on the lemon oil / beeswax finish. Not sure why I use this finish aside from it being food safe…

I opted for a different approach this time, and maybe I am right, maybe I am wrong, but I glopped it on fairly heavily, spread it evenly, and am letting it stand. Tonight it will get wiped down, buffed in, and another coat set on to soak…

Is this overkill? My thought process is to leave the oil on the board as long as possible to allow it to soak into the wood as deep as possible. Is my thinking wrong?

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com


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#1 posted 02-16-2011 10:33 PM

DB,

Would multiple coats have been better? It would seem to me that most of the “glop” is wiped off and therefore does no good. Also, Chris Schwarz at Pop Wood advocates letting oil sit no more than 5 minutes before wiping off. The theory being that oil that soaks in deeply doesn’t cure, wicks to the surface and prevents subsequent coats from curing.

Steve

-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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#2 posted 02-16-2011 10:44 PM

Ive only made one cutting board and that was my approach as well, oil the heck out of it and let her soak. Wipe off the excess and do it again. I cant see any harm in it unless it might bleed back out.

-- rock, chalk, jayhawk

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#3 posted 02-16-2011 10:44 PM

i retract my above statement lol

-- rock, chalk, jayhawk

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#4 posted 02-16-2011 10:56 PM

DBhost I´m not sure this will help you
but when I use BLO to start with on windows I always thin the first layer with real Terpentine
not the mineralterpentine 1/3 of Terpentine to 2/3 of BLO shuold do it
this mix penetrate deeper into the wood and I do wipe the BLO of that hasn´t soked in
after ten minuts and let it dry two days before adding one more of the solution and let it dry
a copple more days before adding either unthinned BLO or a paint where the base is LO
in very thin layers 5-8 times
and my gess is you have to build up over several times and let it cure between

take care
Dennis

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#5 posted 02-16-2011 11:01 PM

I don’t know much about it, but Sherie allows each of her wooden pieces (rolling pin, cutting board, and peel) to dry overnight after washing (not soaking) and then oils them with mineral oil before putting them away. They seem to be holding up well with this attention (pizza is a weekly routine in the house).

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#6 posted 02-16-2011 11:15 PM

This is the first time she did this… We usually just wash, stand on end to air dry, then following morning rub it down with Olive Oil and put away. Never heard of using mineral oil… Is that food safe?

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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rustfever

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#7 posted 02-16-2011 11:21 PM

Multiple coats. Three coats first day, of Rx grade mineral oil. Then one coat a day for 7 days. One coat a week for 4 weeks. One coat a month forever. Never submerge and leave in water. Always wipe dry. Let it alway stand on edge [so moisture is never trapped under the board]

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#8 posted 02-16-2011 11:22 PM

ahhh how about impregnating it with epoxy? that’ll save it forever!

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#9 posted 02-16-2011 11:34 PM

DB,

You can drink and cook with mineral oil. Olive oil can go rancid. any FINISH THAT IS DRY IS FOOD SAFE. Shellac is used to make the capsules and pill coating for the medicines you take.

Steve

-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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lew

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#10 posted 02-16-2011 11:45 PM

We accidentally left our end grain cutting board sit in a puddle of water. It ended up looking like an end grain bowl. I put it in the oven on the lowest possible setting- ours is 170F. Left it there for a couple of hours. It when flat again but after it cooled, it re-warped a little. Repeated the process several times and it it almost perfectly flat now. Fortunately, there were no cracks to be fixed.

BTW, go with the mineral oil- get it at the grocery store where they sell laxatives- no joke.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Jim Bertelson

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#11 posted 02-16-2011 11:54 PM

Rustfever sounds like the expert here. If you want another opinion, PM degoose….....the king of boards…..(-:

Medical grade mineral oil is fine, Sherie uses some she bought at the grocery store or pots and pans place, designed for the purpose with a nice squeeze bottle dispenser.

Mineral oil is ingested for constipation relief, an old standby, basically a lubricant.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#12 posted 02-17-2011 12:01 AM

Sounds good to me… I had to laugh at the end grain bowl thing. My first thought was. COOL!

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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