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Forum topic by txn posted 12-08-2014 02:18 AM 1169 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-08-2014 02:18 AM

what do yall use to finish your cutting boards I’m working on 5 sets of 3 boards right now and not sure what to use for the finish. Thanks

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#1 posted 12-08-2014 02:20 AM

Mineral oil, followed by a mineral oil/beeswax mixture, then buffed off.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#2 posted 12-08-2014 04:12 AM

Howard’s Butcher block conditioner. It is a mix of mineral oil and wax, which dries to a nice satin finish. It is available at Home Depot.
I was not satisfied with straight mineral oil because it seemed like it never dried. The Howards dries really well.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#3 posted 12-08-2014 04:36 AM

I used mineral oil on the first several boards I made, it was fine but as started incorporating bee’s wax. I have been using walnut oil/bees wax recently.

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#4 posted 12-08-2014 04:39 AM

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#5 posted 12-08-2014 05:08 AM

Food-grade mineral oil. First a very heavy coat and then wrapped with Saran-wrap for a couple days. Then 2 or 3 additional coats allowed to air dry.

-- I dream of a world where a duck can cross the road and no one asks why.

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#6 posted 12-08-2014 05:13 AM

What they said.

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#7 posted 12-08-2014 05:33 AM

Here is an article that covers it:
Hope it helps.

-- Respectfully, Paul

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#8 posted 12-08-2014 11:21 AM

I use mineral oil and bees wax. Put it in a small crock pot to heat.

-- Bill R

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#9 posted 12-08-2014 02:14 PM

I am really interested in this topic also. I have used Howard oil an Butcher block but I am really thinking of just doing mineral oil an beeswax. Or is it just the same.

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#10 posted 12-08-2014 02:43 PM

Mineral oil and beeswax pellets. I use small jelly jars. Fill 3/4 full of oil and two tablespoons wax pellets. Microwave until the wax is melted. Set aside to cool and put a lid and ring on it for storage. I give these jars to people who get a cutting board from me.

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#11 posted 12-08-2014 04:17 PM

I use mineral oil and beeswax. I bought a big chunk of beeswax from the hobby store (by the candles) and mineral oil at the pharmacy. I have a small hotplate I use to warm up the oil and I just shave off beeswax into it, no real ratio, I just eyeball it. I make extra and put it in small 1/2 pint mason jars to give with the boards when they are given as gifts. It will somewhat solidify as it cools, so it will need to be rewarmed before use.

The block of wax was big, so I also rub it over the soles of my planes once or twice when needed and it makes a world of difference.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#12 posted 12-08-2014 06:36 PM

+1 Mineral oil and beeswax

-- I measured once, cut twice, and its still too short...

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