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Board wax for butcher block.

petek Feb 27, 2011 02:32 PM

I need to find a purveyor of a good quality bee's wax/mineral oil blend of boards-wax in the G.T.A.
Or someone who sell bee's wax that I could blend with mineral oil myself.


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    PemaD Jul 5, 2012 11:41 AM

    Clapham's. Sold at lee valley tools

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      SweetSweetPotato Mar 2, 2011 09:54 AM

      I didn't know butcher blocks need to be treated until this post - thanks! I just saw Siege Butcher Block Oil and Howard Butcher Block Conditioner at Winner's, of all places. They were in the kitchenware section and ranged in between $5 and $8.

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      1. re: SweetSweetPotato
        petek Mar 2, 2011 11:29 AM

        Yeah,I guess you have to treat/condition butcher blocks because of the frequent washing,which strips the block of it's natural oils. Thanks for the Winner's tip.It's nice to have a few options out there.

        1. re: petek
          justpete Mar 2, 2011 08:38 PM

          I just use mineral oil every so often - does the trick quite well. Is wax necessary or better?

          1. re: justpete
            petek Mar 3, 2011 04:01 AM

            I'm not sure if it's necessary or better,but most board makers/manufacturers produce their own mixture of beeswax and food grade mineral oil so you can get the benefit of the two in one package so I'm assuming there's an advantage to using both.

            1. re: justpete
              Chemicalkinetics Mar 3, 2011 06:35 AM

              Mineral oil works well for what it does, but it is easier to wash away the oil. Mixing beeswax with mineral oil stiffen/solidy the mixture and make it more durable. In addition, pure beeswax can fill in small gaps/holes which no amount of mineral oil can do. So, let's say you have a small crack in your cutting board, 2 cm long, 1 mm wide, the pure beeswax can fill it up nicely.

              1. re: Chemicalkinetics
                justpete Mar 3, 2011 06:46 AM

                Sounds good. Looks like I too have a date with Lee Valley!

                Lee Valley
                590 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V, CA

                1. re: justpete
                  Chemicalkinetics Mar 3, 2011 06:57 AM

                  I just want to clarify. You don't NEED beeswax. It is just nice to have, but not necessary for most people.

                  1. re: Chemicalkinetics
                    justpete Mar 3, 2011 07:48 AM

                    That's never stopped me before. ha.

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                      petek Mar 3, 2011 10:57 AM

                      Isn't Lee Valley the best! I'm always looking for an excuse to go down there.I haven't had a chance to try out the Clapham's board wax yet.

                      Lee Valley
                      590 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V, CA

                      1. re: petek
                        Kagemusha Mar 3, 2011 11:17 AM

                        It's a great toy store. Got my first Micro Plane grater there years ago. Surprised how much kitchenware they carry now after a bit of a drought in that area.

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          Blinkins Feb 28, 2011 10:51 AM

          I noticed Costco (www.costco.ca) sells John Boos Board cream for about $13.

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          1. re: Blinkins
            petek Feb 28, 2011 11:14 AM

            Just picked up an 8oz tub of Clapham's Beeswax salad bowl finish from Lee Valley.
            Won't be able to try it out till I get my new boardSMITH block in a couple weeks.

            Thanks again for all the tips

            Lee Valley
            590 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V, CA

            1. re: petek
              Chemicalkinetics Feb 28, 2011 11:43 AM

              Try these:


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            JennaBean Feb 28, 2011 10:09 AM

            I believe that Nella has something that would work.

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              bogie Feb 28, 2011 04:11 AM

              Order online from:
              www.theboardsmith.com or www.japaneseknifesharpening.com for the exact product you need. It's no big deal, they're both quick shippers and good people to do business with.

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              1. re: bogie
                petek Feb 28, 2011 04:33 AM

                Chem; An arts and craft store eh.Good idea,I would never have thought of that.Do you use it for your cutting board and if so,do you blend it with mineral oil?
                Kag: I didn't see anything on Lee Valley"s website but I'm going to be near one so I'll check it out in person.
                bogie: I want to find a local purveyor.To ship a $17.00 jar from JKS would cost me $40.00.No thanks

                edit: After a more thorough search of Lee Vally's website I think I've found what I'm looking for.
                Thanks all

                Lee Valley
                590 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V, CA

                1. re: petek
                  Chemicalkinetics Feb 28, 2011 10:25 AM

                  Yes, I use beeswax on my cutting board. That was the only reason I bought it. Initially, I mixed it with mineral oil, but lately I have been using the beeswax straight and applied it on the surface. It produces a relatively hard surface which last 6 months to a year (for me), and I don't have to oil my cutting board in between. Basically, a water resistance surface.

              2. Kagemusha Feb 28, 2011 03:54 AM

                Try Lee Valley?

                Lee Valley
                590 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V, CA

                1. Chemicalkinetics Feb 27, 2011 09:50 PM

                  Pete, I don't live in Canada, but you should able to find beeswax in some art/craft stores. Many use them to make candles. Just use the unaltered/natural beeswax. I think the one I bought is the Yaley brand:



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