end grain cutting board finish

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Forum topic by jat posted 01-26-2017 10:48 PM 642 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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01-26-2017 10:48 PM

I’ve made quite a few end grain cutting boards over time. I use pharmaceutical grade mineral oil as the finish, usually applying 2-3 coats. I then polish the board with a final coat of mineral oil/beeswax.

My question concerns how much the mineral oil darkens the wood and whether anyone has a suggestion to be able to retain more of the original color of each species. Maple darkens to a yellowish brown; Purple heart is so dark you can no longer recognize the purple hue. Jabtoba and bloodwood are almost indistinguishable.

I’ve used salad bowl finish but I don’t like how it forms a film.

I’d like to know if everyone else has the same experience or if any of you have a better finish.

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#1 posted 01-27-2017 04:42 PM

Color shift from the oil is just the way of the world. Endgrain always gets darker that way.

You may get less color shift just melting in beeswax and calling it a day.

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