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I have some pretty deplorable finishing skills, or lack there of rather, and would very much appreciate any insight or advice on the best way to finish these boards. So far I have only wiped them in Danish oil, and was very please with what I had put together and decided against trying to apply a finish. I have hi gloss poly and shellac, but am needing some serious help, beyond the videos and readings, someone to break it down barney style for me. Just as they did for me for 10 years in the military. I appreciate any and all advise.
 

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An excellent treatment for wooden food preparation surfaces like cutting boards and butcher blocks is a mixture of mineral oil and either paraffin or beeswax. This is what is used on many commercial wood surfaces. Film finishes should not be used. Mineral oil and a wax will last longer and be more protective than just mineral oil. Mineral oil can be found in most supermarkets in the pharmacy section or in a true pharmacy. Paraffin is found in the canning section of the store or in a hardware store.

Heat the oil in a double boiler and shave in some wax. The exact proportions are not critical--a 5-6 parts of oil to one part of wax will work fine. Stir the mixture until all the wax is liquefied. Apply the mixture heavily and let it set 10-12 hours or overnight. Next day do it again and continue until the wood will no longer absorb the finish. Let it set for 10-12 hours and then lightly scrape off any excess. Then buff it with a rag.

Reapply whenever the wood begins to look dry.

Never put a wood board in the dishwasher and don't soak it in dishwater for long periods.
 
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