The last time I made a cutting board was in shop class and the preferred
finish was peanut oil.
IIRC other vegetable oils would go rancid and mineral oil could impart a
I recall sanding, wetting, sanding, wetting, sanding, and then oil, rub,
oil, rub, oil, rub, etc until you got a nice finish and the rag was clean.
About the time I had mastered getting the toothpaste back in the tube, then
I have one I made over a year ago and it is used daily. I don't do anything
special. I wash it with dish water and spray it with bleach ... all the stuff
they say not to do. It looks great. I know if I stop using it for a while I
should soak it with mineral oil (to stop it from drying out and splitting) but
that isn't likely.
My maple counter tops have poly on them. They are counters, not cutting boards
That's because nobody knew how dangerous it was back then. I'm 67 and when I
read all the cautions today I wonder how the hell I survived!!! I ( used
to) smoke, drink, take aspirin, use a straight razor, and all numbers of
things that are either warned against or legislated against today.
Times sure have changed and not necessarily for the better in some cases
I'm surprised that someone hasn't approached the CPSC about banning
peanut oil, and ALL peanut products, as it is putting all those folks
with peanut alleries at risk.
Then we can ban CARS, GUNS, KNIVES, BASEBALL BATS, and everything else
that is potentially lethal to even a few folks
Lets also ban the production of LATEX products as every years there
are a few folks who die from latex alleries.
I don't know about 'banning' those products, but I do see warning labels
all over the place... MAY contain peanuts, or nut products.
I am already told NOT to use my sanders in the rain, NOT to use my
toaster oven in the bath tub.
Soon, on a baseball bat, a sticker will appear: DO NOT use this to smack
somebody on the head... in 3 languages... something like.. Ne Smaquez
Vous Pas Le Bat Sur Le Fucquing Head...
DO NOT RIDE THE OSSCILLATING SPINDLE SANDER!!!!
hehehehe..just had a visual here...
I see a whole new news group here: alt.sex.binaries.shoptools
"Sometimes history doesn't repeat itself. It just yells
'can't you remember anything I've told you?' and lets
fly with a club.
-- John W. Cambell Jr.
Well, might be interested in this, if you're interested in fact versus hype.
"Nut allergies," and peanuts are not nuts, BTW, are _not_ to the extracted
oils, but to the proteins. As long as you don't buy the cold pressed oil at
your health food shop, but a solvent-extracted oil, should be no problem.
Oh yes, they're not at all common, either.
In school they reduced the 2% of food-allergic adults, 8% of children to <
.1% of people likely to have an anaphylactic reaction. The figures above
are from people who make their money by administering allergy tests and
medications, so they _might_ be a touch high.
Sounds about equal to the number of "nuts" who tried to use their rotary
lawnmowers as hedge trimmers....
Warning label on a can of jerked peanuts (SERIOUSLY Yummy . .)
"Warning. This product many have been produced in a factory or on
equipment used to process peanuts or other tree nuts. May contain
Get some bees wax and canola oil,combine the two so that when it is
cool it will be a soft solid similar to soft playdough.
Apply this very very warm to your cutting board,let soak for 3 hours
or so (longer would be fine also)than wipe/buff off.
I have been using this combo for many years now and my customers
love it.It last for 2 years and more as long as it is wiped off with a clean
damp cloth when finished using.
This old tale about not using anything other than mineral oil as
all the other oils go rancid is BS. Unless you have such a large amount of
oil that is pooling on your cutting board (does anyone really go and apply
large amounts of veggie oil so it pools and puts it away with all this
excess oil on it?) when you put it away in a wartm humid place there is no
way veggie oil is going to go rancid.
Regarding bleaching the cutting board to clean it why bother as a
study was done comparing wood cutting boards vs plastic cutting boards at
the Univ.of Wisconsin (I think it was there) food tech dept. that found wood
cutting boards were safer as when wiped clean bacteria died in the wood
while bacteria grew on the plastic cutting boards.
the Butch block oil they sell at woodcraft and Rockler is just mineral oil
at 6x the cost, I found a cutting board finish at one of the local cooking
stores that was mineral oil and bees wax that seems to work well
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