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    Cutting Board Newbie needs help

    I got this as an engagement gift from a relative who works at the store that sells it. It does have a tiny bit of damage but is a huge step up from my bamboo cutting boards.

    I have not used it yet, but I have cleaned it with some damp paper towel. Upon that I noticed it's really rough...

    Should I sand it? If so what grade? Would you do it by hand or use a small hand sander?

    Should I then use mineral oil and wax? It reversible so just wondering on a method and best practices? I have read some people almost soak it in oil and then apply a wax.

    Also what brand of oil and wax do you trust/ use?

    I found the below on the products website.

    Board should be seasoned with a food-grade mineral oil before first use.
    To season the board properly, warm the mineral oil slightly and apply it in the direction of the wood grain using a clean, dry cloth. Allow the oil to soak in and repeat with another application. Allow the board to dry and wipe off any excess oil.
    Hand-wash with hot, soapy water. Dry thoroughly.
    Do not soak or submerge board in water.
    Occasionally rub with a food-safe mineral oil to keep wood from drying out.
    To sanitize, wash the board with a solution of one part vinegar to five parts water.
    Remove odors by rubbing the board with kosher or table salt and half a lemon. Let sit for 2 to 3 minutes then wipe clean with a damp cloth. Remove excess moisture with a clean paper towel and stand the board on end to air dry.
    Store in a dry area away from extreme temperatures.

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    Some more details on the boos board... They original price was about $250 retail...

    This beautiful board is designed to ensure a perfectly stable work surface – no matter how vigorously you're chopping. A wooden lip on either side of the board, attached with handsome dowels, anchors the piece securely on your countertop. One side of the board has a well to collect tasty meat juices.
    Crafted in the USA from sustainably harvested North American walnut.
    Edge-grain construction is gentle on knives – and stands up to years of slicing and chopping.
    Use the grooved side of the board for carving and the flat side for chopping.

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    Boos makes nice boards. Yours is primarily end grain construction, so the instructions to apply in the direction of the grain don't apply.

    If your board feels rough, put a teaspoon of mineral oil on the board and sand it with 400 grit wet/dry sandpaper using a rubber or wood sanding block. It's crucial that you use a block to ensure that you keep the surface flat. Put more oil on the board as needed.

    Mineral oil alone is fine for maintaining your board, though you can use a product with added beeswax to give it some water repellency, or make your own board butter. The ratio I like is four parts mineral oil to one part beeswax, by weight.

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    Is try to sand or add something to soften it up. Generally harder cutting boards dull your edge a lot faster depending on your cutting/chopping technique.

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    Canada's Sharpest Lefty Lefty's Avatar
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    Nice board.

    Take a look around at: www.sharpandshinyshop.com

    Email me at: tmclean@sharpandshinyshop.com

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    HD and Lowes have sanding blocks that have a firm rubber like core that would be perfect for what you need. You'll find them in the paint department. Won't take much sanding to smooth everything out. You can also try a coarse Scotchbrite pad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by osakajoe View Post
    Is try to sand or add something to soften it up. Generally harder cutting boards dull your edge a lot faster depending on your cutting/chopping technique.
    You think I should just leave it alone then? I was thinking of using the boos mineral oil and then wax it? But most of it is pretty rough?

    Actually maybe I should just order the Board Smiths oil and wax? I know he makes great products.

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    You don't need to order any special products. It's actually quite easy to make your own. I believe the ratio is 4:1 mineral oil to beeswax.

    I would definitely give it a light sand as Rick suggested above. Once it's smooth you won't have to worry about it getting rough again as long as you properly maintain it.

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    For me the "easy button" is ordering a board butter product rather than trying to source beeswax. I've used both DaveM's and Boardsmith's product with good results. (Though making it sous vide is tempting...)
    Older and wider.

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    Many craft shops will have beeswax. People use it to make candles. Not hard to source at all. Also amazon has it

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