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#1 posted 07-03-2019 02:43 PM

Keep in mind, all the mineral oil you get at Walmart and such is “food grade,” and a lot cheaper than the flavored, pitched stuff many sell, and, in the end, most of it is just mineral oil.

Of course, you can add paraffin or bees wax, but a true old butcher block is, PROBABLY, better served with just the oil, so more can be added, for the reasons explained below.

I had a butcher block I bought and it had been sorely neglected. Joint separated and cracks were appearing. I slathered on the oil and kept adding it wherever it soaked in. After an hour or longer of doing that, I poured a whole pint on and left it, then walked away.

I forgot about the butcher block and, when I came back, the oil had replaced lost moisture and swollen the maple back to its original state. No cracks, splits or separations.

The oil does not evaporate. Rather, it wicks into the wood. As such, being generous with the oil treatments early on will create a lot of forgiveness on down the road.

- Kelly

Thanks for the info, we won’t be using this for food prep though, so we probably won’t be doing any non film finishes. I know oil is effective for cutting boards, but the water from the sink would probably make that unworkable.

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