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Forum topic by Don posted 04-24-2011 02:58 AM 594 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Don

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04-24-2011 02:58 AM

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I finish my cutting boards with three coats of Mineral Oil followed by a coat or two of Beeswax.

My instructions for care of the board is to apply a coat of oil once the board is showing signs of wear but someone asked be the other day, “won’t the wax keep the oil from penetrating?”

What say ye?

Cheers….Don

-- -- Don in Ottawa, http://www.donebydon.ca


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Lee Barker

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#1 posted 04-24-2011 03:06 AM

The wax seems superfluous to me. Extra effort and cost with no real benefit.

Kindly,

Lee

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#2 posted 04-24-2011 03:22 AM

“The wax seems superfluous to me. Extra effort and cost with no real benefit.”

Lee – do you mean the initial coat(s) of was I put on them or subsequent coats by the owner?

-- -- Don in Ottawa, http://www.donebydon.ca

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#3 posted 04-24-2011 10:13 PM

Both, Don. The mineral oil is good enough and if the wax is sticking to it, then there’s not enough oil. I’d skip it entirely.

I make little cutting boards which we give as wedding gifts along with a cute printout that describes the care: Oil it twice a year, once on your anniversary and once on (insert holiday that is 6 months away from the anniversary date, which I stamp under my brand on the bottom).

It tells the owners that mineral oil is available in the laxative section of the grocery store, and it should be heated up in a double boiler for better absorption. Just don’t try to warm it up in the microwave unless you want some pyrotechnic excitement.

Kindly,

Lee

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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