Cutting Board Finish

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Blog entry by thecarpentershands posted 11-11-2012 03:59 AM 6699 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently tried my hand at an end grain cutting board with some scraps lying around. I also have been commissioned to build a butcher block style cutting board. As these are the first cutting boards I’ve ever done, I don’t know what exactly what I should do for the finish. Does anyone have any suggestions on the best way to finish cutting boards? Thanks and God bless!

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#1 posted 11-11-2012 04:42 AM

Mineral oil is quite common on cutting boards and butcher blocks. It is inexpensive, food-safe and easy to apply. The down-side is that it needs to be reapplied about every month or so. Behlen’s, General Finishes, and a few other companies sell a “Salad Bowl Finish” that has an oil base, with some kind of resin added to allow it to build to a satin finish with successive coats, but is still food-safe. I haven’t tried it yet, but have a quart on order. I’m going to test it out for use on a maple counter top I’m building. I’ve also heard of people using mineral oil to penetrate and then topping with beeswax.

-- Patrick, Mobile, AL

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#2 posted 11-11-2012 11:31 AM

We have a cutting board our son made in high school 30 years ago. It has never had any sort of finish.


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#3 posted 11-11-2012 12:50 PM

I use Behandla Salad Bowl finish on cutting boards and bowls that contact food. I got it at Ikea.
It can be buffed after 6 hours and recoated after 24 hours to give even more protection.

But, I think most people use mineral oil and it is easy to find does the job well!!........Jim

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#4 posted 11-12-2012 02:02 AM

I used salad bowl finish, wood whisper style, over 2 years and going strong.

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#5 posted 11-12-2012 05:41 AM

Mineral oil and bees wax mix heated up and rubbed on is what I use.

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#6 posted 11-12-2012 12:46 PM

My 2 cents would be a salad bowl finish. Everything else would be a personal choice but, it has to be food grade. The only thing I could add would be to warm the wood in the oven to dry it out to get maximum saturation.

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#7 posted 11-12-2012 08:54 PM

I use Salad Bowl Finish cut 50/50 with Mineral Spirits. Thins it out and allows it to soak in deeper into the grains. Just a technique that’s worked for me for years now. Worth a shot as it doesn’t muddy up the wood grains as much as I have found mineral oil to do.

I have yet to try the melted bees wax with mineral oil, but plenty of woodworkers have raved about it.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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