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Posted on Cutting Boards - Finishing with Howard's, but Which One?

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#1 posted 09-13-2020 01:24 AM

I use Howard’s Block Butcher Conditioner for maintenance on boards,
but take a different approach for initial finish?

I apply two coats of Tried & True Original Wood Finish before using any mineral oil/wax.
It is food safe BLO and wax finish that helps seal the wood. First coat is 50/50 blend of MS/T&T. Second coat is only T&T OWF. It helps prevent end grain from soaking in huge amounts of mineral oil, and seeping oil for days.

The I give the board owner a 2oz bottle of Howards Block Butcher Conditioner. They cost ~$2.50 by the case of 36. Tell them to apply to conditioner after first use and clean up, and use it as needed when board surface looks ‘dry’ afterwards.

Sure I can buy a gallon for $50, and cases of little bottles, and make 2oz samples of Howard’s for less; but measuring out oil/wax goop is not worth the hassle to me.
Made and sold ~50 boards before I decided I didn’t like dealing with kind of people only wanting to spend $20 on hand made kitchen cutting board or cheese panel. Now I only make them for family and friends from shops scraps for free, or maybe trade for bottle of my favorite whisky.

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