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 Post subject: New Black Walnut End Grain board on the way
PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2014 4:53 pm 

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I finally bit the bullet and ordered a board from http://www.jonescuttingboards.com/mediu ... oards.html. The instructions on the site as well as other sites show to use food grade mineral oil or butcher block conditioner. I have an edge grain board and a small end grain board. The edge grain board I used Watco Butcher Block oil and finish and I used mineral oil on one side of the small end grain I have and the other side I used the Watco oil.
I prefer the Watco finish vs mineral oil.

My question is which would be best to use? If butcher block conditioner is better I can get that but just curious what most use. The Watco oil i have is a finish and not a conditioner so I'm not sure if I can seal the wood with mineral oil or the Watco product then top off with a conditioner.

Any thoughts are appreciated.



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 Post subject: Re: New Black Walnut End Grain board on the way
PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2014 5:04 pm 

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I would use food safe mineral oil and save the Watco for your furniture.


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 Post subject: Re: New Black Walnut End Grain board on the way
PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2014 5:22 pm 
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Most of these board conditioners are just mineral oil with bees wax mixed in.

I use a double boiler and heat 8oz mineral oil and 1oz bees wax, mix it thoroughly, let it cool. Makes a great wax/sealer for a cutting board. if you want it thicker just heat and mix in more bees wax or more oil if you want it thinner.



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 Post subject: Re: New Black Walnut End Grain board on the way
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The Watco product, while specifically designed for this application, does contain trace amounts of toxic chemicals according to the maker's own listing of its ingredients (and supplemental "warnings" documents). While I'm sure the amounts are well within safe regulation and allow the product to outperform basic mineral oil, this information may be a reason to reconsider whether or not you want to continue using the Watco.

Either way, I see no reason to use another product (such as a conditioner) on top of the oil. Many people like to mix in a little bees wax with their oils (and many products do this pre-consumer) to provide a bit more of a waxy seal and finish; beyond this, I'm not sure I'd trust putting anything else designed for finishing wood on the board, especially if it doesn't play well with water and will remain on the surface of the board rather than being absorbed deep into the wood itself. I get complements on my board all the time from people and it looks great, and all I use is either plain oil or oil with bees wax. Sure, it could be shinier or look more stained or finished, but the fact is, people feel comfortable eating whatever comes off of my board...not sure if they'd feel so comfortable if it smelled like wood conditioner or looked as shiny as furniture. :)



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 Post subject: Re: New Black Walnut End Grain board on the way
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Sorry for the duplication, Jeff. We posted simultaneously!



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 Post subject: Re: New Black Walnut End Grain board on the way
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Howard is a good product....can be used on your butcher block and knife handles.

http://www.amazon.com/Howard-BBC012-Butcher-Conditioner-12-Ounce/dp/B001ESTA30



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 Post subject: Re: New Black Walnut End Grain board on the way
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salemj wrote:Sorry for the duplication, Jeff. We posted simultaneously!

It's all good Joe, it's just reinforcement to the idea to me!



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 Post subject: Re: New Black Walnut End Grain board on the way
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What kind of beeswax are you talking about? I see Walgreen's and CVS have some. Is all beeswax the same?



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Ed; I bet there's a bee keeper near you. There are more than people realize.
Got a pound/pound &1/2 for 5 bucks from a local guy.

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 Post subject: Re: New Black Walnut End Grain board on the way
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Pure, Organic or Unbleached. That stuff in your drug store has already been processed into something.
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