How to oil wood cutting board, free advanced woodworking projects - PDF Review

Categories: Woodworking Shelf Plans | Author: admin 21.02.2012

Wood cutting boards and kitchen utensils can be treated with tung oil so they look beautiful and last longer.
There is one little known treatment that will make your wood cutting board or butcher block countertop impervious to water and resistant to stains: tung oil. Tung oil is the oil extracted from the tung nut of the Aleurites fordii, a tree native to China.
Only untreated wood can be treated with tung oil, woods with paint or clear polyurethane finishes will not absorb the oil.
Woods previously treated with other oils should be washed with soap and water and allowed to dry before being treated with tung oil. Pure tung oil is completely food safe and can be used on anything that will come into direct contact with food.

Tung oil finish is less expensive and more widely available, however because of the additives it is not considered food safe. Tung oil is the best way to make wood cutting boards, butcher-block countertops, wooden bowls, spoons, and knife handles look beautiful and last forever. In woodworking, tung oil is called a “drying oil” because it naturally dries and hardens when exposed to air. It’s better than both linseed oil and mineral oil for treating wood kitchen items like cutting boards and spoons. Massage the oil in for two to three minutes, and then wipe off the extra with a cotton rag.
While it is drying set your cutting board out of the way and propped it up so it is not touching anything that would absorb the oil.

As the years go by the cutting board will become more durable and more beautiful, much like a well-seasoned cast iron pan. To treat wood or bamboo cutting boards, wooden bowls, spoons or knife handles, go with 100 percent pure tung oil.
Most commercially available tung oil is “polymerized.” That means it was boiled in the production process.
The additives are not food safe, so linseed oil should not be used on wood that will come into contact with food.

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