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Forum topic by Kayakersmith posted 1039 days ago 4131 views 1 time favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Kayakersmith

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1039 days ago

Hi all,

New member here- fantastic site! I’ve got (yet another) question on finishing a cutting borad. I plan on using multiple applications of mineral oil as the primary finish, but I’m leaning towards top coating with some type of wax. I stumbled across the Howard’s product at the local big orange box store and was wondering if this would be appropriate for use on a food contact surface. Thoughts?

Thanks in advance for your response.
Mike

-- Mike S., College Park, MD


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PutnamEco

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#1 posted 1034 days ago

Howards does not appear to be a food safe finish. Mineral oil could be a food safe finish if you used food grade oil. Not all mineral oils are safe for human consumption.

-- “The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.” ― Franklin D. Roosevelt

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stratman

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#2 posted 1033 days ago

All oils attract dirt and germs to live in. Strange but true. Hardwoods. all the way and periodic sand downs is the way to go if you want to keep it healthy and clean. I have a friend who makes butcher block tables for a living. I’ll ask him about that and get back to you later.

-- stratman

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Adam

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#3 posted 1033 days ago

I use this stuff on furniture that has been finised as a cleaner/polish and it is real nice; don’t think it belongs on a cutting board.

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Kayakersmith

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#4 posted 1033 days ago

Thanks for the feedback guys. I’m going to track down some pure beeswax to use.

-- Mike S., College Park, MD

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PutnamEco

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#5 posted 1032 days ago

Carnauba wax may work as well, being a little harder than beeswax, It would seem that one of the more popular mixes for a cutting board finish would be a combination of mineral oil plus bee and carnauba wax. I have also heard of mixing paraffin with mineral oil. I’ve also heard some health food types mentioning adding lemon or rosemary essential oils as an antimicrobial additive, with the bonus of adding a scent.

I’m NO expert, but I believe you may have a longer lasting finish if you thin/mix which ever wax you choose before you apply it.

-- “The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.” ― Franklin D. Roosevelt

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