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Forum topic by Tim Kindrick posted 1101 days ago 1862 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Tim Kindrick

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1101 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: question finishing cutting boards mineral oil

I know that I’m supposed to use mineral oil type finishes on cutting boards but WHY? Why can’t I use poly or lacquer or shellac or whatever, as long as it has plenty of time to cure.

I’ve read articles with opposing views on this subject but I would like the opinion of all you cutting board guys.

-- I have metal in my neck but wood in my blood!!


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DrDirt

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#1 posted 1101 days ago

there is no reason why not.
most avoid such a film finish because, especially Poly is a pain to fix (or just rejuvenate) once it gets all cut up.
Shellac is already in most medicines as pill coatings and time release stuff anyway.

I know folks will talk about the ppm level of Cobalt metallic driers – but I don’t see where one can transfer enough cobalt off the surface of a cutting board by running a knife blade across it to be harmful – I worry more about the processed junk (or melamine baby formula) in the food to begin with. But your results may vary ;-)

-- "If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves." Edison

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hObOmOnk

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#2 posted 1101 days ago

I was a Clinical Chemist and toxicologist in another life.
Finishes that are NOT labeled as food safe shouldn’t be assumed to be food safe.
Just because a finish is not toxic doesn’t mean it is safe to ingest.
Casual contact with a cured finish and ingestion are two different things.

Besides, film finishes are not appropriate for cutting board surfaces.

Only highly refined shellac is used in food and medicine, not the stuff used in wood finishes.

Like thinking: If some water is safe to drink, therefore all water is safe to drink. :)

Namaste
Bro. Tenzin

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Scott Bryan

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#3 posted 1101 days ago

Tim, another negative with film finishes- such as lacquer, shellac, poly- is that they will get scarred up pretty quickly when the board is used.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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BobTheFish

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#4 posted 1101 days ago

I probably ingest more and worse chemicals via “hand to mouth” contact when I forget to wipe my hands from working on a project and get a bite to eat. The biggest offender is when I polish metals and forget to clean up, or do so, and there’s STILL crap on my hands and I can taste it while I eat. XD

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Tim Kindrick

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#5 posted 1098 days ago

Thanks for all the comments

-- I have metal in my neck but wood in my blood!!

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zindel

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#6 posted 1098 days ago

I always use Salad Bowl Finish by General Finishes that stuff is amazing and easy to apply/fix if needed and lasts a long long time

-- If you can't fix it with a hammer, You've got an electrical problem.

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Glenn Huovinen

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#7 posted 948 days ago

Is there a product sold by lowes or HD that I could use to finish a cutting board?

-- Glenn Huovinen

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NBeener

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#8 posted 948 days ago

I mix food safe mineral oil (often sold as laxative, at drugstores) with beeswax. Works for me.

-- -- Neil

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