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Farm Labourer

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I've started to transform an ash off-cut from my bench into a traditional breadboard with rebated end caps.

I would normally finish with olive-oil but wondered if you experts had better ideas.

Thank you in anticipation.
 

Steve Maskery

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Nothing at all.
I own two wooden kitchen boards, one elm, one maple. I can't find the maple one, I have no idea how one loses a breadboard, I think it must have disappeared when I refitted my kitchen last year :(
But I still have my elm one. No breadboard ends, so it's a bit wonky, quite bleached from being in the dishwasher regularly, but apart from its 3D surface, it's as good as the day I planed it up. I don't know when that was, but it was in A Previous Life, so at least ten years ago.
 

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I tend to put a finish on end-grain chopping boards, but not on long grain boards, such as breadboards. I've got a beech breadboard here which must be 30 years old. It's never had a finish on it, and although it's a bit thinner than it was, it is otherwise perfect and likely good for another 30 years.
 

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If you’re just using for bread no need for a finish.

For a general purpose board I soak in mineral oil and then use a home brew mix of beeswax and mineral oil. Once the surface gets scored up, I’ll scrape it smooth, reoil then rewax.
 

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Olive oil tends to go rancid. Rapeseed oil and sunflower oil are better. I use orange oil for my wood turning bits that are used for foodstuff.
 

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I also would say leave it bare. Been using a bit of oak board for over 40 years as a chopping board. Gets washed with the dishes and dried on the dishrack. Has been in the dishwasher a few times but that makes it a bit furry so it's also had a couple of defurrings with a plane.
Regards
John
 

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chestnut make a food safe oil that looks decent, not used it myself but I may get some soon and give it a try.
 

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I was going to suggest flaxseed oil, which is just food grade linseed. I've not used it on wood, but it seasoned my cast iron pans a treat.
 
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