Cutting Board Finish... still slightly disapointed.

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Forum topic by Tommy posted 11-16-2011 03:20 AM 1220 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-16-2011 03:20 AM

OK so I am finishing my sanded end grain and long grain cutting boards but getting a dull appearance once completed. Here is what I currently am doing:

1) 2 coats of liberally applied mineral oil. Each coat is applied and then I come back about an hour later to wipe off the excess oil. I Leave 24 hours between coats and dry in open air.
2) Apply a 3rd finish coat that is a mix of wax and mineral oil. I am stingy with the wax and my mix is heavy on the oil and light on the wax.

When the boards are done they just have very little “shine”, particularly the end grain boards. I don’t want to use anything that is not “food safe” but would like a bit more luster. Anyone have ideas or suggestions based on your own experiences?

Happy Little Woodworker,

-- Tommy, ---- It's Never Crowded On the Extra Mile.

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#1 posted 11-16-2011 03:57 AM

Hi Tommy,

Check out this video. A 50/50 poly and mineral spirits mix will seal the board and will not present a “food safe” problem, unless somebody eats the board. I have used that method, and it works well. Hope that helps.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#2 posted 11-18-2011 04:02 AM

Hey thanks Tom, I’ll have to give this a shot. I am not completely dissatisfied the way I am doing it now. It’s just that I think it can be better. I appreciate the help!

-- Tommy, ---- It's Never Crowded On the Extra Mile.

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#3 posted 11-18-2011 05:07 AM

Before I put finish on my boards, and after I have sanded to 220 grit,
I wipe the board with a cloth wet with water.
This will raise the grain. Let dry thoroughly, then sand again with 220 grit.
This will give you a nice smooth board that when the oil and wax are applied
will allow it to give more of a shine.
Boards that I did not do this on have a dull sometimes blotchy finish.
Hope this helps


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#4 posted 11-18-2011 06:51 PM

Tommy, not tryin’ to be a smatr a$$, but it is a cutting board. If it will be used as such, why would it need a shine? I would not find any oil/wax finish unacceptable, and it can be reapplied as needed.
Now if it is a display piece….....


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