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"Seasoning" a wooden butcher block - should I gently heat block in oven?

ah6tyfour | Dec 19, 201410:54 PM

I was just gifted a beautiful wooden butcher block and gave the raw wood its first coating of a mineral oil and beeswax blend tonight. I heated the blend, but applied it to a cold dry board in a pretty cold room. The blend definitely soaked into the wood, but seemed to firm up pretty quickly.

Has anyone tried warming the butcher block in a 200 degree oven when applying the oil/wax? My thought is the pores in the wood will open up and the oil/wax will stay liquid much longer to penetrate deep into the wood.

My only concern is if the heat would warp, crack, or weaken the board. I'm pretty hesitant to try it if it has never been tried. It's an end-grain board, so I want to make sure I take good care of it. I guess the other alternative would be to use only mineral oil, but I read a few guides on wooden boards and the consensus seems to be to start with oil/wax combo first to help the board resist water.

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