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Jim Ganley

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10-16-2009 04:22 PM

When finihing a cutting board or block I use mineral oil and now I would like to add a wax but what is safe to use and will not break the bank, I was leaning to Minwax paste antway I am open to suggestions

-- Jim - Cushing, WI

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#1 posted 10-16-2009 04:50 PM

Beeswax is safe. You can get blocks of it from craft stores (cheaper than the hardware store).

Carefully, in a double boiler and preferably using an electric heater instead of open flame, melt some beeswax and add the mineral oil until you get something sort of like thin maple syrup.

Use that mixture to coat the boards. The beeswax can take a few days to harden so be patient. Rub on thin layers, let it soak in and harden, buff and maybe add a 2nd or third layer as needed.

-- Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things.

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#2 posted 10-16-2009 04:59 PM

Wax is about your only choice since mineral oil never cures.

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#3 posted 10-16-2009 05:48 PM

I’m going to be trying Walnut Oil, It cures. I found a Bee’s wax and Orange Oil combo at a HD and had great results on a end grain board I recently did. I think it was 7.49 for the bottle and was ready to apply. I’ll check on a exact name for later. Seems like the bottle will last a while also. Not sure if paste wax is safe.

-- There's many a slip betwixt a cup and a lip.--Scott

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#4 posted 10-16-2009 11:11 PM

The problem with walnut oil is that some people are deathly allergic to it! Stick with a 50/50 mix of beeswax and mineral oil.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#5 posted 10-16-2009 11:12 PM

Here is the MSDS for Minwax Paste…...Stick with the Mineral Oil and Beeswax , PLEASE !

As Julian mentioned , The Walnut Oil causes severe allergic reactions to some of us …ask me how I know .

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#6 posted 10-16-2009 11:37 PM

will wax get messed up if you put anything hot on it?

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#7 posted 10-17-2009 12:39 AM

Thank you my wood worker friends, I had bought some butcher block oil and it was spendy also it was refined linseed oil and turp, linseed will not dry and gets sticky also is subject to mold and I am thinking the turp helps it dry??

-- Jim - Cushing, WI

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#8 posted 10-17-2009 01:14 AM

That wax I got was Howard Feed-N-Wax Bee’s wax and orange oil. Just put some over poly on a lazy susan, I’m Very pleased! I now prefer this over the other old stand-bys I’ve tried.

-- There's many a slip betwixt a cup and a lip.--Scott

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#9 posted 10-17-2009 01:24 AM

Can the Walnut oil cause a reaction even after it is cured? It’s not like your drinking it. Just wondering, as I am not a allergic person.

-- There's many a slip betwixt a cup and a lip.--Scott

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#10 posted 10-17-2009 01:30 AM

I don’t know if I believe it but Bob Flexner claims that once polyurethene drys it is not a problem to eat off or consume. He claims there is no evidence that speaks the opposite.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#11 posted 10-17-2009 11:27 AM

I build custom end-grain (butcher block) cutting boards and use “wiping varnish” as a preliminary sealer/finish. There is nothing in any of the polyurethane varnish MSDS information that countermands Bob’s explanation of fully cured polyurethane. In fact, if you look at the ingredients of Salad Bowl Finish, it’s actually “wiping varnish” just renamed. I use Spar Varnish thinned 50% or less, wipe it on and immediately wipe it off. It seals the grain so the boards don’t “drink” oil so much. The minearal oil/beeswax is also a great finish for cutting boards. Just make sure it’s Food Grade mineral oil!!! And don’t use Walnut or other nut-based finishes, people really do get allergic reactions from them. I never use nut woods or finishes in my boards.

-- M1911BLDR

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