|Forum topic by saminmn||posted 520 days ago||861 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
520 days ago
I am a newbie to WW and to LJ. Last winter I made a maple cutting board. I got some Watco Butcher Block Oil & Finish. I was never able to get anything close to a good finish and after sanding down to wood 3 or 4 times and starting over, I decided to wait for warmer temps. I got back to it at the end of the summer with no better luck. Now I am ready to sand of most or all of the finish and start over with a new finishing material, probably mineral oil. But as I read postings of others here today, I see that the product is used successfully. So I would like to grow from my experiences before moving on. My efforts to date have all been applied straight from the can as is, no thinner. I do not think it has ever flowed out as it should have – but I am a newbie and have no frame of reference to really understand what I am doing.
I tried wiping on, as directed. Tried wiping on and wiping off after doing some reading. Tried using a foam brush and wiping off. All efforts were with multiple coats showing no improvement after 2nd coat. Used 400 grit paper between coats. It has been a long time since I started the cutting board, but I think I used 220 grit between 1st and 2nd coats last winter.
I am thinking maybe material had been on shelf too long and it has probably been open too long now to be reliable. I am looking for ideas on why I was fighting this and for how to have a better experience moving forward.
-- Sam -- Northfield, MN