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Old 04-14-2011, 04:00 PM   #21
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Both of my wooden boards are 20 years old, and I have had no splitting. I am sure they would look nicer if I sanded and oiled them--so I will get right on that.

Right after I plant the garden, wash the windows, paint the baseboards . . . . .
Would be nice to see photos of your boards.
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Old 04-15-2011, 09:20 AM   #22
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Well, in order to take a nice picture of the board, I would have to clean the kitchen and put away all the junk on the counters. I will get to that right after I plant the garden, wash the windows. . . . . .

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Old 05-18-2011, 10:49 AM   #23
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I dont like the idea of using mineral oil. I use olive oil, mother natures best, when my 6 year old beech wood board starts to look dry I put a little olive oil on some kitchen roll and rub it in, then wipe off any excess. It doesnt go sticky unless you use too much. After that I go back to washing it as normal until it starts to look dry again.
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Old 05-18-2011, 11:40 AM   #24
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I dont like the idea of using mineral oil. I use olive oil, mother natures best, when my 6 year old beech wood board starts to look dry I put a little olive oil on some kitchen roll and rub it in, then wipe off any excess. It doesnt go sticky unless you use too much. After that I go back to washing it as normal until it starts to look dry again.
You risk some degree of rancidity when using any kind of vegetable oil.
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Old 05-18-2011, 11:52 AM   #25
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I've never oiled my bamboo boards (I have three), they are just as pristine as when I bought them, and I have a pretty heavy hand and use a huge knife.

If I do decide to rub them down with mineral oil, should I wash them with mineral water first?
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Old 05-18-2011, 12:03 PM   #26
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Seriously, I would never consider using anuy vegetable or animal oil on a wooden cutting board or utensil. It will go rancid.
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Old 05-18-2011, 12:50 PM   #27
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I've had two bamboo cuttings boards for over a year, and I've never oiled them. They are just fine.
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