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post #1 of 9 Old 04-18-2011, 08:18 PM Thread Starter
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I've just finished sanding my end grain cutting board. I have a feeling that there is something I should do to the wood to open up the pores before applying the mineral oil. Is this true?
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A tack cloth or blowing with an air compressor would probably be the best to clear the pores but there could be a better way. Let's see what the experts here say...

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+1 to blow 'em off and apply a liberal coat. Let it soak in for several minutes and wipe off excess. Repeat for 1-3 more coats.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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I just blow mine off and apply mineral oil liberally. The general rule is once a day for a week, once a week for a month, once a month for a year and then once a year for the rest of its life or as needed.

I just keep coating mine every 6 or 8 hours untill the wood acts like it dosnt really wanna soak any more up then as needed after that. Havnt had any problems yet. I just buy the drug store mineral oil for $1 a bottle instead of the same thing in a bottle that says Salad Bowl Finish which is severel $'s per bottle.

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Gosh, I wish this was a poll. I bought and have been using "Salad Bowl Finish". It looked nice when I made the board. A month of daily use and it is gone on the top of the board. Now I treat with Mineral oil.

Any other opinions on salad bowl finish?
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i don't care for salad bowl finish on cutting surfaces for that reason.
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Correct me if I'm wrong.. but the salad bowl finish is a "food safe" varnish, not the same as the oil. So it does provide some protection but is considered "safe" after it cures (although some will argue that all varnish is safe when cured... ). I thin it a bit and use it to help seal the wood inside the end grain. But I use oil for maintenance.

The mineral oil that you buy at the drug store is the same as "butcher block oil" that you'll pay 5x as much for 5x less at the woodworking stores.

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The mineral oil that you buy at the drug store is the same as "butcher block oil" that you'll pay 5x as much for 5x less at the woodworking stores.
The drug store version is much thicker. If you're going to make a bunch of cutting boards, buy it in bulk, http://www.steoil.com/catalog.asp?application=120

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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I shave beeswax into my mineral oil, nuke it for about 30- 50 seconds, then stir the two together. Apply a couple of coats over a couple of days.

If you want to go the extra mile, rub beeswax after all of the above and buff it out. It'll be nice and shiny.
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