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George_SA

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01-15-2013 04:23 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question cutting board

How long does it take the mineral oil to soak the board?
Once the oil has soaked into the board how do you get the board “dry” that is so that the oil does not come off on whatever you will be cutting on the board?

Last question. How do I convince my wife to actually use the board as a cutting board? :-)

-- There are some things that money can't buy - Manners, morals and integrity


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#1 posted 01-16-2013 01:46 AM

George, I like to apply the MO to only one side of the board. Once it starts to show up on the bottom side, I know that it has penetrated the board. The required time depends on the thickness of the board, the type of wood(s) used and how thickly you apply it.

MO does not dry. Therefore, some will always come out of the board. You can minimize this by wiping the board with a paper towel repeatedly until it reaches an acceptable level. You might try making a mixture of MO and bees wax. The oil will penetrate and the bees wax will seal to some extent.

Sorry, I can’t help with your final question because I have never been able to convince my wife of anything. LOL

-- Art

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#2 posted 01-16-2013 08:41 AM

Art
Thanks for the feedback. I will let you know if I get any insights in convincing SWMBO (She Who MUST Be Obeyed) LOL :-)

-- There are some things that money can't buy - Manners, morals and integrity

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#3 posted 01-16-2013 09:54 AM

I usually warm the board up by heating the oven on the lowest setting then turning it off and putting the baord in to warm.
When it gets warmed all the way through I put on the MO and place it back in the oven to rest. In 10 minutes the oil will be sucked in.
Repeat, warming the oven as needed.
I also put 2-4 finish coats of beeswax/mineral oil mix on it the same way then on the final coat rub it in well.

To get SWMBO to use a board, I am usually the one to use it first and put a big scratch in it.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#4 posted 01-16-2013 04:10 PM

Dallas, I will try your process next time I make one. Thanks.

-- Art

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#5 posted 01-16-2013 04:17 PM

A coat of mineral oil can dry (cure) on a board within a couple of hours, at least here in Texas. This is true if it is exposed to oxygen. But I think I know what Art is saying.

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com

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#6 posted 01-17-2013 02:22 AM

Jay, just to clarify:

Mineral oil, motor oil, lubricating oil, animal fats, most vegetable and all cooking oils are “non-drying, meaning that they will stay the way they are. They will not cross link between molecules to form a film finish

Polymerizing oils will “cure” or change state (cross link) to form a finish on a piece of wood. These are also know as “drying oils” because they become dry to the touch. Tung oil and walnut oil are 2 examples of natural drying oils.

The reason that mineral oil on a cutting board feels dry is that it has soaked into the wood below the surface that you feel. FWIW :)

-- Art

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