End grain butcher block finish?

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Forum topic by woodisit posted 08-31-2009 07:23 PM 1786 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-31-2009 07:23 PM

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My question is what is the best finish to use end grain butcher kitchen island, I have heard Waco or Fruit Bowel also mineral oil and bee’s wax?

-- Woodisit

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#1 posted 08-31-2009 07:36 PM

I’ve used salad bowl finish on end grain cutting boards, but not sure about a kitchen island. The salad bowl finish will shine up like poly, except it is food safe. Takes multiple coats with sanding in between. Just my 2.

-- Rick

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#2 posted 08-31-2009 07:39 PM

Another vote for Salad Bowl finish here.

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#3 posted 08-31-2009 08:08 PM

Look at the “WoodWhisperer’s” web site. He has a good presentation.

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#4 posted 08-31-2009 08:46 PM

Another vote for salad bowl finish the Wood Whisperer way. I have had great sucesss with it on end grain cutting boards.

-- Derrek L.

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#6 posted 09-01-2009 04:48 AM

Salad bow finish produces a surface coat that will wear and cut off with use. I would never use it on a work surface like a butcher block. Mineral oil or processed Walnut oil (my preference) are much better and should be renewed every 3 to 6 months depending on use the block gets. Mineral oil never really dries out and some people also dissolve some paraffin in it. You need to heat it to dissolve the paraffin….use caution doing this, you don’t want a fire. Processed walnut oil (it is heat treated) actually cures/dries in the wood providing both a seal and helping harden the wood fiber… does not add any color. One small draw back to walnut oil might occur if someone using it is “highly” allergic to walnuts I guess they could have a reaction but I doubt it because of the heat treating process.

The least expensive mineral oil is often found in the department store pharmacy; baby oil is mineral oil, just get the unscented type.

-- Les B, Oregon

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