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    End Grain Cutting Board

    Found a piece of I think it's maple (the lighter colored wood, If it's not maple please let me know what you think it is, I'd like to find some more) in the scrap bin at my local wood shop and when I cut it to make the cutting board I found this amazing grain pattern. I matched it with some walnut.

    The first pic is sanded to 220 and the second pic has mineral oil applied.
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    Nice!
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    Dan, how many coats of minerial oil do you apply and how long does it take for the oil to dry to be a usuable cutting board.

    I really like this board of yours. That grain is really nice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Baugues View Post
    Dan, how many coats of minerial oil do you apply and how long does it take for the oil to dry to be a usuable cutting board.
    I haven't done too many cutting boards, but usually I spread it heavily and leave it alone till it soaks in then another 2 or 3 times till it doesn't seem to take anymore then rub/buff it with a soft cloth.
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    nice board but wont venture a guess on the lighter wood..neat looking grain structure
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    Nice-looking board, Dan,

    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Mooney View Post
    I haven't done too many cutting boards, but usually I spread it heavily and leave it alone till it soaks in then another 2 or 3 times till it doesn't seem to take anymore then rub/buff it with a soft cloth.
    I do much the same. I leave it coated heavily (replenishing as needed) for about 24 hours, then I wipe it "dry" with paper towels. Tom, the oil never dries. It soaks into the wood (especially end grain) to protect it from moisture and bacteria, but needs to be replenished every once in a while. (Whenever the surface starts looking dried out.)
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    Nice board Dan
    cheers

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    That's pretty sweet looking Dan! As for the type of wood next time take a pic of the face before you cut it up. That will make it a little easier to identify.

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    Great looking board Dan, I really like the lighter wood grain. Do you mix paraffin in with the oil? or use just the mineral oil alone.

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    When I first make a board, I oil it until it won't accept any more.... coat after coat waiting about 20 minutes between them, and then leave to dry overnight.

    the classic frequency that I tell my 'customers' is once a day for a week, once a week for a month, once a month thereafter... straight mineral oil.
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