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 Post subject: mineral oil on cutting board
PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2014 12:56 am 
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Happy Father's Day.

for father's day, my wife got me a cutting board, made in italy, and made of ash (thank you, hon). i read somewhere that it is good to treat a cutting board with mineral oil, to shed the water off. well, today i applied a little mineral oil to the board and rubbed it in with a gloved hand and let it sit. it has been sitting for 11 hours, and still hasn't soaked into the wood surface.

any ideas? can i mix the oil with something to thin it and it might penetrate better, and then give it several coats? any input would be much appreciated. thanks.

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 Post subject: Re: mineral oil on cutting board
PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2014 1:04 am 

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Your board probably has some sort of a sealant on it. I wouldn't obsess over it, but keep an eye on the board for cracking as time goes on.


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 Post subject: Re: mineral oil on cutting board
PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2014 1:48 am 
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thanks, TDS. it really looked like just plain wood.

i did put a slight excess of oil on. so maybe only so much will soak in. a few minutes ago, a took a tissue and wiped off the excess. will see how it looks in the morning.

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 Post subject: Re: mineral oil on cutting board
PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2014 2:08 am 
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check out the term spoon butter. Its usually some kind of mineral oil and beeswax mixed together that you can apply to unsealed boards and all of your wooden utensils and items.



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 Post subject: Re: mineral oil on cutting board
PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2014 3:53 am 
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If it were mine and in fact does have some sort of sealer on it I'd take some 220ish sand paper to it get down to the grain and then start with the mineral oil or what ever board butter like stuff of your choice. I don't have allot of experience with ash wood though. We have an old oak cutting board that doesn't take oil well. Really a piece of junk that I sanded down to make the lady of the house happy. Looks pretty good but not ideal by any means.



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 Post subject: Re: mineral oil on cutting board
PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2014 5:21 am 
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398 <> The point of oiling a board is to seal it; to fill the wood's pores with oil so water can not penetrate them. Water/blood/juice/etc. will decompose the wood, but if your board is "sealed", the end has already been achieved.

I don't fix what's not broken.

If at some point you do begin to recognize saturation, then I would do as was suggested with sanding & oiling... and the oiling is an ongoing process that will take a decade or many more to fully saturate when using solely mineral oil. There will be differences with products like Tung Oil & TruOil. You can also use the board butter as referenced above. You can buy it, or you can follow this method quoting myself from two years ago... "Let the wood get wet and then let it air dry. This might have no effect on your handles [or boards], but in all likelihood will cause the grain to rise. I then sand it lightly with fine paper, then with 000 steel wool. Slather the handles pretty liberally with a beeswax/mineral oil paste consisting of 20% beeswax:80% mineral oil mixed in a double-boiler, wipe off excess, let it sit overnight, then buff it in the morning. You could do that a few nights in a row or as needed until the handle feels silky smooth, polished and “sealed” (although, technically it’s not really sealed)."

reference: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=254&hilit=00%20steel%20wool



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2014 5:59 am 
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If the board has some sort of sealer on it, I wonder if it's more for protection pre-sale. OP could you post a link or the manufacturer of the board? My curiosity is up.



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 Post subject: Re: mineral oil on cutting board
PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2014 9:37 am 
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well, i managed to pull out of the trash the paper wrapper that came with the board and read it more closely. made in italy by Il Mulino. it also says, "hand finished with an environmentally friendly coating made entirely by vegetable and mineral products that help the look and features of the board last long." i could have sworn it was plain wood.

i suppose i will just leave it alone and see how it goes. maybe i'll try the sanding thing if it looks like it needs it down the road.

thanks for all the helpful responses.

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 Post subject: Re: mineral oil on cutting board
PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2014 3:35 pm 

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If oil is still sitting, try this old trick. I use it to waterproof leather (50-50 CRISCO AND BEES WAX) and for wood. Take hair dryer to it. Be careful don't let it get to hot but once you turn blow dryer on and direct at oil on board, you should see the oil just being sucked into the wood. Just watch the heat, don't let wood get HOT.
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 Post subject: Re: mineral oil on cutting board
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MEMEBERSHIP <> It may work for Daniel, but i will STRONGLY SUGGEST AGAINST employing his ingredients. Crisco is a vegetable oil and WILL SPOIL. It WILL turn rancid, and will produce an unsavory odor of which is generated by the bacteria.

The method he employs is viable though, and was already mentioned earlier in this thread.



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