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Oct 14, 2007 03:24 PM

How to re-treat a cutting board ??

I purchased a nice "OLD" 2 1/4 inch thick butcher block cutting board and would like to sand the surface down and re-treat it, since it was such a great steal at $2.00. How would you suggest I go about doing so?

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  1. I would sand it down, and then rub in a coat or too of some cooking oil that is light on scent, or m aybe some linseed oil. (Just not sure if the embedded oil could go rancid or not.) Since I would be preparing food that I am going to eat on the board, I would NOT want to put anything that comes from a chemical or petroleum based wood finishes factory on it.

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    1. re: ChinoWayne

      Cutting boards should always be rubbed down with mineral oil that is available at drug stores or cookware outlets.

    2. Sand it and then sand it again and make it like jfood's 8th grade wood shop called it "smooth as a baby's tush."

      The jfood would finish with "Boos Mystery Oil" from Boos, the company that makes very high end butcher blocks, etc. Here's the link and look all the way at the bottom for the oil.

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      1. re: jfood

        Great link jfood, thanks alot !!

        Looks like I got about a $100 board for $2.00 at a flea market, needs a little TLC but will last forever. Its basically one of those non-reversable types but is well crafted.

      2. Mineral oil won't go rancid or change the flavor of foods. It is cheap & works great.

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        1. re: meatn3

          I'm with you on the mineral oil. Use it all the time. Cheap and does the job. I have the Boos top on my island, and love it!

        2. Yes mineral oil is good.

          Once a day for a week, then once a week for a month, then once a month forever. At least that is how I remember the butcher block treatments from 30 years ago.

          Of course if I could see my butcher block counter tops I do it once every couple of months! However I never cut right on them, but over the years they have become the storage area except for one corner on the island.

          Time to unclutter!

          1. If you are going to sand, I'd recommend the blocking technique to maintain an even surface. Similar to what is done on car bodies to get a perfectly straight surface, attach your sand paper to a long block (the longer the better). Keep your pressure even and your strokes complete end to end. Otherwise you could sand in issues by creating uneven spots on the board.