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Forum topic by Don posted 12-14-2011 07:51 PM 1118 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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12-14-2011 07:51 PM

Hi folks….

A while back, I made a Maple end grain cutting board finished with Salad Bowl finish and Mineral Spirits, a popular choice on LJ’s.

I recently noticed a small ridge on one of the joints so I took it back out to sand down. This time, I finished it with just Mineral Oil and Beeswax.

Yesterday, I noticed an almost blotchy look to the board and was wondering if anyone can help me understand what is causing this?


-- -- Don in Ottawa,

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#1 posted 12-17-2011 09:37 AM

though I am really unfamiliar with these finishes, a couple things can be the culprate here.

Humidity trapped under the finish after it “tacks” is one, the other being residual traces of the other finish. I stopped using polyurethane entirely due to similiar problems, well excluding flooring applications.

-- The mark of a good carpenter is not how few mistakes he makes, but rather how well he fixes them.

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