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Posted on Can a mineral oil finish be dry to the touch?

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#1 posted 12-02-2016 08:17 PM

Becikeja echoes my experience.

For cutting boards I saturate the wood as much as possible, then let it sit for a day or two. You can see obvious areas where etc oil has all soaked in and areas that are still “wet”.

I’ll rub down the board with paper towels until the surface is all dry. The next day, some of the oil will have begun to seep out of the pores so I use the paper towels again.

Eventually it will be “dry” to the touch, just keep after it.

As to keeping papers in it, you are asking for some residual oil to soak into the papers after some time and causing stains.
Mineral oil is perfect for cutting boards because it is cheap, easy to apply and restore, doesn’t go sour or rancid, and of course absorbs into the wood to help keep water out.

For the same look with paper storage in mind, you really need a “curing” oil like BLO or tung. Danish oil also keeps the “dull” look even though it has varnish added. These oils eventually harden and would probably be a better choice.

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