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Sumdume

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03-14-2021 04:04 AM

Topic tags/keywords: wax butcher block oil finishing question

Hello, I am fininshing some router bowls. I have applied several coats of Watco Butcher Block Oil. I am considering applying Johnsons paste wax over the BBO.
What problems can I expect if I do this?

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#1 posted 03-14-2021 04:19 AM

should be no problem i can think of,i use a mineral oil wax blend all the time on my cutting boards.

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#2 posted 03-14-2021 05:22 AM

If the bowls are for food use, I would probably use something like Mahoney’s oil wax finish. The Johnson paste wax smell lingers so long that it could be weeks before I would want to use it with food and some of its solvent ingredients may be a little harsh too. The Mahoney’s takes a little while to cure but doesn’t have an unpleasant smell.

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#3 posted 03-14-2021 05:50 AM



If the bowls are for food use, I would probably use something like Mahoney s oil wax finish. The Johnson paste wax smell lingers so long that it could be weeks before I would want to use it with food and some of its solvent ingredients may be a little harsh too. The Mahoney s takes a little while to cure but doesn t have an unpleasant smell.

- Lazyman

Where do you get the oil wax? I’ve only seen their walnut oil.

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#4 posted 03-14-2021 01:31 PM

You can buy it directly from them here or from Amazon but I think that I bought it from Woodcraft. It may seem a little pricey but a little goes a long way.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#5 posted 03-14-2021 06:39 PM

I don’t think you will have any problems putting wax over thoroughly cured oil finish (two weeks) but I also don’t think it is necessary with this particular product. However as with most oil finished it will occasionally need reapplication to maintain it’s protection of the wood.

Woodcraft also has a Carnauba past wax called Crystal Clear that I have used for years. There are also several “butcher block’” wax and oil products that work.

For my bowls (lathe turned) I use one of the salad bowl finishes from Behlen’s or General. They are a lacquer type finish that wipes on and 3 or 4 coats (sanded in between) provides a very durable (lifetime) finish. I’m pretty sure you can apply them over a cured oil finish as long as there was no wax involved. I often use them over a walnut oil finish.

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