When finihing a cutting board or block I use mineral oil and now I would like to add a wax but what is safe to use and will not break the bank, I was leaning to Minwax paste antway I am open to suggestions
I'm going to be trying Walnut Oil, It cures. I found a Bee's wax and Orange Oil combo at a HD and had great results on a end grain board I recently did. I think it was 7.49 for the bottle and was ready to apply. I'll check on a exact name for later. Seems like the bottle will last a while also. Not sure if paste wax is safe.
Thank you my wood worker friends, I had bought some butcher block oil and it was spendy also it was refined linseed oil and turp, linseed will not dry and gets sticky also is subject to mold and I am thinking the turp helps it dry??
I build custom end-grain (butcher block) cutting boards and use "wiping varnish" as a preliminary sealer/finish. There is nothing in any of the polyurethane varnish MSDS information that countermands Bob's explanation of fully cured polyurethane. In fact, if you look at the ingredients of Salad Bowl Finish, it's actually "wiping varnish" just renamed. I use Spar Varnish thinned 50% or less, wipe it on and immediately wipe it off. It seals the grain so the boards don't "drink" oil so much. The minearal oil/beeswax is also a great finish for cutting boards. Just make sure it's Food Grade mineral oil!!! And don't use Walnut or other nut-based finishes, people really do get allergic reactions from them. I never use nut woods or finishes in my boards.
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