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What do I cure a butcher block with?
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bob the builder    Posted 01-01-2004 at 17:49:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi- made a new butcher block, what do I put on it to cure it? I've heard mineral oil works well/anything else?

swavo    Posted 01-02-2004 at 11:51:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
For end grain make your own sealer using equal parts of mineral oil and parafin wax, use low heat stirring untill they are dissolved in each other.You can apply warm or after cool rub in /buff off. Side or face grain the same or straight mineral oil.

Wrong...    Posted 01-02-2004 at 13:02:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
Gun control is knowing where your muzzle is pointing at all times... ;-)

Salmoneye, The Ex Vermont Hunter Safety Instructor

What the?    Posted 01-02-2004 at 13:04:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
How the heck did that happen???

I was of course replying to your post in the 'Gun Control' thread down below...

Salmoneye, The Head Scratcher

Linda in UT    Posted 01-02-2004 at 10:39:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
Mineral oil is best. It's a neutral oil and won't turn rancid like vegetable and animal based oils. You can buy a gallon of mineral oil from the vet for about 12 to 14 bucks.

deadcarp    Posted 01-01-2004 at 22:06:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
if it's glued anywhere, avoid log oil. that stuff soaks right into the pores, loosens the glue and things fall apart permanently. however it's the greatest thing for redwood - probably cuz redwood has so much natural oil they rarely glue it :)

Dave Munson Mid Illinois    Posted 01-01-2004 at 21:31:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
Go to Boos Blocks (, click on "Tips" and read about maintenance and care instructions for butcher blocks or try the link below. These guys have a bit over a century making butcher blocks.

cowlady    Posted 01-01-2004 at 19:53:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well, if you are going to actually use the butcher block...Use something safe! I use good ol' Crisco on mine. Christmas present from my son in 1991, and it still is beautiful, and I still use it!

On the one my husband made (we just gaze upon it's beauty LOL!) he used (uses) a paste wax from the furniture store.

bob the builder    Posted 01-01-2004 at 20:06:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
if I use crisco, wont it get sticky and attract flies?

cowlady    Posted 01-01-2004 at 20:11:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
hee hee hee...bring it in from the barn silly!

BOSS    Posted 01-01-2004 at 19:40:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
Peanut oil works well.

SY    Posted 01-01-2004 at 17:58:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
I just did a 24"x42" counter and a 24"x24" cutting board out of maple and I used mineral oil. Takes about a week but I kept pouring it on until it was saturrated. You have to do it about every 6 months.

Red Dave    Posted 01-02-2004 at 06:10:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
Mineral oil is right. Not toxic and won't turn rancid.

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