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12-16-2013 11:26 AM

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My son and I are finishing our first ever cutting boards for Christmas and are ready to put finish on them. My question is does everyone soak them in mineral oil, or rub it it? How long does this take? The boards we made are 14×18 and made of mostly maple with accents of cherry and walnut.

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#1 posted 12-16-2013 01:12 PM

I have been using General Finishes Salad Bowl Finnish diluted with mineral spirits as outlined my Marc Spagnuolo in this link.

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#2 posted 12-16-2013 01:42 PM

I have used both the General finishes Salad bowl finnish and one I make myelf which is mineral oil with bee’s wax melted into it. I life the oil/wax on end grain and the General finish on edge grain cutting boards. To make the oli/wax I disolve about 2 teaspoons of shaved bee’s wax to a cup of oil mineral oil. I have heated it in the microwave to get it to melt but I get a better result in a double boiler. Once the wax has totally melted and the oil is clear pour some on the board and spread it around on all sides and let sit for a few minutes then buff if off with an old towel or T-Shirt. What is nice with the oil/Wax is you can pour some in a small container and give it with the board so it can be re-applied when the board starts to look dry.

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#3 posted 12-16-2013 03:04 PM

When I’m doing more than one cutting board at a pass, I pour mineral oil in a plastic garbage bag in a tub, soak the boards overnight.

If I have a little more time and want a glossier finish then I use the mineral oil & beeswax mix. Pour it on warm, rub it in, buff it out. Looks amazing!

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#4 posted 12-16-2013 04:50 PM

I was taught this way…1 cup of MO and 2 tsp Bees Wax in a Double Boiler. Saturate All surfaces with a brush and let set for 10 mins. Wipe off excess . Do this every day for a week, Every week for a month, every month for a year, and then once every year.

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#5 posted 12-17-2013 04:46 AM

I generally do 2 coats of food grade mineral oil (heated), then one heavy coat of a mineral oil/beeswax combo, buffed out after 30 minutes or so. Then just hit it with mineral oil every now and then as needed. Shouldn’t require it too often.

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#6 posted 12-17-2013 05:00 AM

Many folks use mineral oil and or wax ,but this is far from a real finish .it’s a treatment.
This post covers it very well.

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#7 posted 12-17-2013 05:25 AM

Howard’s butcher block conditioner, available at Home Depot.

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