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225 days ago

I have been using General Finishes Salad Bowl Finish for my CB’s. I love the look it leaves and the ease of use but can’t stand the smell of it. I purchased some food grade mineral oil and was given some pure beeswax from a friend. I strained the wax and let it set up. I have started selling a good bit of these and think the more natural/organic finish would be better for the people buying them from me

Couple of questions to the folks using both of these to finish boards

1. Do you mix the two ( specific ratio?) and apply when it is warm? If so, do you just reheat and apply with left over mixture? I usually do the top and then about an hour or so do the bottom.

2. How often does the mixture need to be done or is just a touch up coat of mineral oil sufficient for the board periodically?

Any additional info would be greatly appreciated

Thanks

Tyson

-- still wet behind the ears.....


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#1 posted 225 days ago

I don’t use this regularly and have never used the combination. I have used mineral oil alone and I thought it was fine. Just reapply a coat every month or when it looks thin. Mineral oil doesn’t turn rancid. That and the fact that it is safe to consume are the selling points for it.

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#2 posted 225 days ago

I use the mineral oil and beeswax mix, I don’t really know the proportions because I mix by eye. Depending on how many boards I’m doing, I would guess I have about 1/4 cup mineral oil with 1/4 to 1/3 cup of beeswax melted in it. The leftover I pour into a Ziploc or pill bottle to give the recipient. All it takes is dunking the bag or bottle in hot water to soften it up enough to apply.

Sometimes I just use mineral oil but if I want the board to really shine when I present it, use the beeswax/mineral oil paste and buff it to a shine.

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#3 posted 225 days ago

I love using bees wax and mineral oil . I use A cheese grader to cut the wax about 1 table spoon per cup of oil. I found A small pot that looks like a crock pot at A yard sale for .50 it works great I plug it in let it heat up then. When I’m finished I put it up to reuse .

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#4 posted 225 days ago

Thanks guys! Do you normally put a coat of mineral oil on before you put the final mix on? Is one coat plenty?

Thanks again

-- still wet behind the ears.....

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#5 posted 225 days ago

I usually put a couple coats of straight mineral oil, followed by the beeswax/oil blend. This provides easier/faster penetration into the board, while the wax top coat provides more luster and a bit more moisture protection so that the board will look better for a bit longer between applications.

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#6 posted 224 days ago

Perfect. Thx guys. Here a a couple that I have finished recently

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#8 posted 224 days ago

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#9 posted 224 days ago

Good looking boards. Thanks for sharing.

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#10 posted 224 days ago

Nice boards

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