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#1 posted 08-03-2017 01:46 AM

Softwoods are going to need a lot of refreshing, but lets face it…so will hard woods. Knives are going to scar it no matter what. I would of course use the hardwoods, not as much for longevity as for looks. That said, let me get on to the real reason I finally had to speak up ( long time lurker )

It’s the whole bacteria discussion. I think the general concensus is to use mineral oil and saturate it. I think most people find that that itself becomes a maintenance issue. If you look hard enough, you’ll find a long discussion from the ” Wood Whisperer ” on You Tube, 90 % of it is people flaming him but if you really read, it makes perfect sense. HIS opinion is to use his favorite salad bowl oil, diluted with mineral spirits of course, and saturate it.

Literally saturate it until it begins to leak out the bottom. let dry, coat again, maybe three times . Essentially the oil is a varnish I think ? The point is that the process literally fills the pores…straws… ( there is a proper word for it ) of the wood. Actually, I made a few end 3D end grain cutting boards a while back and they are still hanging, waiting to be finished using this method , as soon as I am bored enough to find that thread again.

By now, I wished I had taken that time so I could better present my/ his case. I also wish that I had taken the time to look up the correct name for the “straws” in a wood’s grain so I could sound smart…but you would have seen through that soon if I keep posting.

I challenge someone to discover that thread the Whisperer has and be prepared, every seems to have their own opinion about this subject, oddly, and it seems most of the replies are quick to dispute HIS without actually trying to understand the point.

By all means, if you find it, let me know what you think of the method.

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