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Forum topic by nutmegger13 posted 03-20-2018 12:13 PM 503 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-20-2018 12:13 PM

Topic tags/keywords: cutting board end grain cherry maple walnut question finishing

I have made quite a few end grain cutting boards, and always finish them with Mineral Oil. Before the final sanding, I rub the board with Denatured Alcohol to see if there are any glue spots, etc remaining. The last pair of end grain boards I made, I left on the kitchen counter while applying the mineral oil. I usually let them sit overnight and reapply in the morning and repeat for several coats until the oil is no longer absorbed by the board.

Well, Now I noticed some spots on the board, they appear to be as though they were splashed with water or something. They stand out and are noticable. Maybe my wife accidently splashed them with water?? I don’t know. I tried rubbing them out with more mineral oil to no avail. I don’t want to resand since they already have several coats of mineral oil on them and they will not go well except to gum up the sandpaper.

Has anyone else encountered this? Any ideas how to remove them? Any suggestions would be appreciated…

-- nutmegger13, Connecticut

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#1 posted 03-20-2018 01:56 PM

It must be a very unsightly stain. Now that you have mineral oil on it a card scraper will clean up any shallow stains.
All woodworkers should have card scrapers you must of forgot about yours.:)

-- Aj

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#2 posted 03-20-2018 03:40 PM

Thats what I use after the second glue up since I don’t have a drum sander. Did not think to try it once I have mineral oil on it. Thanks

-- nutmegger13, Connecticut

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