Tue Mar 04, 2014 12:47 am
My Boardsmith is a combination of maple and walnut. They work equally well.
My particular board drank a lot of mineral oil when it arrived.
Tue Mar 04, 2014 6:56 am
Yeah I ordered a 12 oz. bottle of mineral oil so I am prepared when the board arrives. You are supposed to warm it somewhat on the stovetop (or some way) before putting it on right? And I just drip a few drops here and there and then spread it around or do I do a big puddle? Do I need to evenly displace the oil over the entire board?
Tue Mar 04, 2014 9:57 am
I just squirt some out of the bottle onto the middle of the board and use a wadded up paper towel to spread it around. Mineral oil is pretty thin, no need to heat normally. I watch where it soaks in and add more to those areas until it doesn't soak in quickly. I let sit for a few minutes and then wipe off the excess.
Tue Mar 04, 2014 2:02 pm
"I ordered a 12 oz. bottle of mineral oil"
The most cost effective way I have found to get mineral oil is to buy at the pharmacy, cvs, walgreens, supermarket, whatever. It is sold as a laxative. It is less expensive than "cutting board" oil and widely and locally available. If you want the Boo Board cream stuff, it is basically bees wax melted into mineral oil, just do a web search for proportions and methods. Cheap and easy.
Tue Mar 04, 2014 4:05 pm
I usually use food grade mineral oil on my boards and put it on room temp out of the bottle, but the new one I got came with a bottle of Howard's Butcher Block Conditioner. I've read I should heat it before applying, but how do I heat it and how hot?
Right in a small heavy bottom SS pot on the stovetop for a minute or two til it's pretty warm?
Tue Mar 04, 2014 4:19 pm
where do I buy beeswax?
Tue Mar 04, 2014 4:33 pm
"I've read I should heat it before applying, but how do I heat it and how hot?"
You might be able to microwave it. I would use hot tap water in a bowl and hold the bottle in there to raise the temp. You can heat on the cook top, and you are unlikely to get into trouble, but I have read warnings reminding people that oil and wax are fuels...so an ignition source like a cook top flame might not be ideal. One of the instructables for homemade, non-toxic wood finish suggests using a double boiler setup, but I am too lazy for that.
"where do I buy beeswax?"
I have got some at Whole Foods/Trader Joe's, the earthy crunchy type supermarkets. I think I found it in the cosmetics area...I don't remember. I have also picked up some at woodworking stores. The wax is used as filler and lubricant for fasteners. IIRC Mark said he gets his locally from a bee keeper, so if you have a local farmers' market, that might be a good place to try as well.
Tue Mar 04, 2014 4:39 pm
cedarhouse wrote:"I've read I should heat it before applying, but how do I heat it and how hot?"
You might be able to microwave it. I would use hot tap water in a bowl and hold the bottle in there to raise the temp.
Aah man I'm dumb, this is a great idea and so simple and obvious.
As for microwaving, IDK haha, I try to avoid it at all costs, it supposedly changes the molecular structure of everything in a much different fashion then other more traditional forms of heating, often in a bad way that releases a lot of carcinogens.
Thanks though, the bottle in hot water method is perfect.
Tue Mar 04, 2014 10:11 pm
Yeah, I think I have the same Howards goopy stuff here, still haven't used it yet, just the mineral oil.
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