Can I use butcher block oil on a cutting board I built and stained with minwax gel-based stain? Will the stain bleed through the oil an

Can I use butcher block oil on a cutting board I built and stained with minwax gel-based stain? Will the stain bleed through the oil and wax?

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  1. Never put stain or dye on a cutting board meant to be used with food contact. Only nAtural wood colors. Then coat with food safe mineral oil and bees wax if you want it to shine.

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  2. The stain has already ruined it for food. Cutting boards should have nothing on them. Butcher block paste is used on dance floors & countertops, but you still can’t cut food on them. The stain/ wax gets in the food & it’s toxic.

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  3. Go back right now and scrub that stain off with TSP and boiling water. Go after that and do it again with soap and very hot water. Now, rinse it and let it dry. Scrub it smooth with plain steel wool (no soap) and cooking oil.
    If you want to stain it again after this, use natural walnut hulls. Know ahead that they’re very dark.
    See, while you can use those things on a table, a cutting board is a whole different thing. You slice through the finish in a cutting board if there is one and mix anything in that finish with the food you’re cutting. That’s the problem. Even if it only amounts to a tiny bit at each instance, it adds up. If you use things like walnut hull oil and cooking oils, you will have a safe product leeching into your food and it won’t cause a problem.

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  4. I wrote an answer to your previous version of the question. I’ll edit it and add it here, just in case somebody else happens upon this question.
    I like that this question is more specific than your previous one, but it’s still a little vague. But I’ll try anyway.
    Can I use butcher block oil on a cutting board I built and stained with minwax gel-based stain?
    You can, though if the oil is just mineral oil (if you really mean just oil), there might not be much point. The oil simply darkens the wood, and you’ve already stained it. It provides no protection, and will wash off easily. If you mean oil mixed with wax, then that’s a bit more durable.
    Will the stain bleed through the oil and wax?
    A simple oil and wax mixture shouldn’t cause bleeding, because there are no solvents.
    If you’re using an oil finish like the Watco somebody else suggested, it may contain a solvent like turpentine that could possibly make the stain bleed a little.
    If you are worried, you should test the stuff on an inconspicuous corner of the board. Or spray it on. Some spraying setups can handle thick liquids like oil-and-wax.
    But since the stain is not food-safe, the board may not be safe to use no matter how you seal it.
    First, you can read the various safety sheets for Minwax Gel Stains here [ https://www.minwax.com/wood-products/stains/minwax-gel-stain#ghssds ]. They will be scary, but they all are, especially with most petroleum-based wood finishing products. The issue for me though is the dyes or pigments used to color the stuff. Traditionally they often used compounds containing metals, sometimes heavy metals like cadmium. That’s very bad. Or the stuff wasn’t manufactured with the attention to purity or cleanliness that a …

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  5. To keep your cutting board in prime condition, seal it once a month with oil. Some oils, such as linseed and tung oil, harden the wood and seal it from the inside; other oils simply penetrate the surface of the wood, including walnut and mineral oil. Beeswax is also a viable alternative.
    Apply the oil of your choice to the surface of the cutting board. Use enough to cover the board evenly and liberally. Rub the oil into the wood in the direction of the grain with a lint-free cloth.
    Let the oil absorb into the wood. Apply a second coat and rub it in the same way. Repeat this process until the wood becomes saturated and stops absorbing the oil.
    Wipe off any excess oil with a paper towel. Repeat the process on the other side of the board. Stand it on one end to dry overnight. Wipe it again in the morning to remove any lingering excess.
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  6. You should never stain or put finish other than the correct butcher-block or cutting board finish on a cutting board. You have ruined your project for use as a food-safe cutting board by putting Minwax gel-based stain on it. It is not food-safe!
    In the future if you make more cutting boards or butter-block tops, DO NOT STAIN or finish them except for a coat of 1) finish designed for cutting boards which is sold by most wood-supply stores under different names, but always labeled as Food-Safe and washable or 2)a simple coat of mineral oil which can be renewed as needed (I recommend reapplying a new coat of mineral oil after cleaning the board with a rub-down of salt and lemon juice!)
    Many old butcherblock tops actually had no finish on them except for the patina that built up over years, but remember they must be scrubbed, again salt and lemon juice work well, to remove old animal fat and should be disinfected as well after cutting poultry and the like.
    It is best to seal the woodgrain somewhat with a cutting board finish or with mineral oil as I mentioned above. Better luck on your future boards and your only hope on the present one is to sand it down far enough to remove the stain you have applied. At least gel-stain doesn’t soak into the wood very much!

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  7. I don’t think you should use a stained cutting board for food!
    I wouldn’t.
    Unless you like eating stain.
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