Questions about Emmet's Good Stuff finish for cutting boards

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Forum topic by Spacehog posted 12-11-2014 07:02 AM 5094 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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12-11-2014 07:02 AM

I’ve been making cutting boards for sale and for Christmas presents for a while now, and I usually finish them with mineral oil and/or beeswax. I’m perfectly happy with the finish I use for my own boards, but I have been trying some new stuff in an effort to find something for people who want a more low maintenance board. So far Emmet’s Good Stuff finish seems like it has a lot of potential, but I’ve never personally used a board that has Emmet’s as the finish. So I had a few questions for anyone who has used Emmet’s or something similar.

1. Do you (Can you?) use things like mineral oil or beeswax if you first apply Emmet’s? I would think that using either mineral oil or beeswax would add nothing to the finish because the Emmet’s would prevent it from soaking in. Having said that, I saw a couple of posts where people said that they hit the board with mineral oil and/or wax after applying Emmet’s. That seems odd to me, but I am interested if it works just the same. If it does work, I’d like to know because Emmet’s adds virtually no color. Normally I’m pleased that Emmet’s adds no color, but for some people they want the darker look that oil/wax brings while also having a lower maintenance board which Emmet’s is good for. Does anyone have experience using them together? I’m assuming that it would be virtually impossible to even apply Emmet’s if you first applied mineral oil or wax. But maybe you could apply it afterwards somehow??

2. Is there any value in applying multiple coats of Emmet’s? I mean this in a functional sense, not a cosmetic sense. I could see how adding more coats of Emmet’s would change its appearance, but I’m more interested in how it would effect the board’s performance. Do multiple coats make a more effective barrier to water?

3. Is there any other finish one could use before applying Emmet’s? I am assuming that one could apply dewaxed Shellac before applying Emmet’s, but maybe not. I’m curious about this because I would like to find a way to darken the wood before adding the Emmet’s. Since dewaxed Shellac is food safe, it seemed like something that would work. I also use it as a sanding sealer under a bunch of different finishes, and it always seems to work great. But I don’t really know much about Emmet’s so maybe it’s a bad idea for some reason. Does anyone know more about this?

Thanks in advance for your help!

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#1 posted 12-11-2014 02:50 PM

I saturate my cutting boards with Emmet’s Good Stuff
and follow the directions and apply a second coat….

When the CBoards don’t soak up any more it’s done.

Sometimes I put a bunch of mineral oil on it after it’s cured
but I haven’t used bees wax.

When the boards need a touch up I’ll recommend mineral
oil as it’s readily available and my customers can care for
their board as required.

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