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Forum topic by COWBOYWOODY posted 08-05-2009 01:36 AM 1146 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-05-2009 01:36 AM

what, if anything do you put on cutting boards to seal them

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#1 posted 08-05-2009 01:52 AM

I use warm mineral oil for the first coating. After it has soaked in, I finish with a homemade paste mixture of mineral oil mixed with wax.

I use this on every board that I make. So far over 500 boards in 2 years with no issues or complaints.

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#2 posted 08-05-2009 02:09 AM

Salad bowl finish works good too.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#3 posted 08-05-2009 04:53 AM

both work fine

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#4 posted 08-05-2009 08:55 AM

Processed (heat treated) walnut oil works great. It drys after about 48 hours so there is no “leakage” that can mark or stain other surfaces the board is placed on. Mineral oil never really drys out.
Salad bowl finish can leave a surface film (especially if you make several applications) and that eventually gets cut marks and worn and has to be refinished.
Actually they all get worn in time but Walnut and mineral oil are the easiest to re apply.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#5 posted 08-05-2009 12:56 PM

I use Mineral Oil. It’s inexpensive, readily available, non-toxic, does not go rancid and non-allergenic. Walnut oil, if truly made from walnuts, can be a health hazard to some.

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#6 posted 08-05-2009 01:02 PM

I use mineral oil. I also instruct my recipients to renew with mineral oil when/if the board gets dull. Everyone can get it easily at the drug store and it makes it easy on the recipients!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#7 posted 08-05-2009 02:43 PM

I use mineral oil as well. But I also shave parafin wax into the oil and melt it in the microwave and use that mix to coat the boards. If they are end grain they will soak up a lot. The last 3 I made I put on about 30 coats before I gave them away. I also instructed my recipients to coat them once a month for the 1st year and then yearly after that. The parafin wax helps sealing a little more on end grain than just plain oil. If they are long grain boards then I would just use plain old mineral oil.

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#8 posted 08-05-2009 03:57 PM

Salad bowl finish is simply polyurethane varnish in another package. Check the msds for General or Behlen.
Use mineral oil with or without wax.


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#9 posted 08-08-2009 08:17 PM

I use mineral oil as well. It is available at most drug stores like CVS and reasonably priced.

-- Cajun Don, Louisiana

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