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Forum topic by brantley posted 10-09-2013 06:30 PM 787 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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brantley

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10-09-2013 06:30 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question cutting board maple walnut

I just finished a 17”x23” maple/walnut cutting board. The board is 1 3/4” thick. This is only the 2nd board i have done. When i sand it down good and apply the oil what else do i do? The last time i did one i remember the grain rising after i put the oil on it. Do i just hit it lightly with a sanding block when this happens between coats?


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BigMig

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#1 posted 10-09-2013 07:16 PM

When I did cutting boards, I raised teh grain with water, then took the “nap” down a couple of times before I eventually applied mineral oil. It DOES take a few iterations on both sides before the grain stops raising.

-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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#2 posted 10-11-2013 12:29 AM

The grain raised? That’s odd, since I’ve never experienced the grain being raised by mineral oil. What I’ve done is to wipe on the mineral oil, let it sit for a few minutes, and then wipe off the excess.

Howard’s Butcher Block Conditioner has a combo of beeswax and mineral oil. You might want to try that instead of just straight mineral oil.

What BigMig said is correct and raising the grain with water and then knocking it back down.

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pmayer

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#3 posted 10-11-2013 11:28 AM

I normally wet sand as BigMig suggests. In your situation I might try applying the next coat of oil using 0000 steel wool or some wet/dry sandpaper to knock down the nubs. If you are not able get it smooth at this point, just use something slightly abrasive when you wash it (scrubby sponge) and it will become smooth after a few washings.

-- PaulMayer, http://www.vernswoodgoods.com

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#4 posted 10-11-2013 11:55 AM

I’ve used straight mineral oil, flooded on and wiped off 5 minutes later. Seem to have to wipe it down a few more times to make sure whatever it touches doesn’t get oily.

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