A while back I made a workshop resolution to burn less. I wanted to make better use of my offcuts and as much as I enjoy roasting sausages over the fire I always feel a little guilty about it when I'm cooking those smokies over Walnut and Bubinga; Spruce works just as well.
This of course means that I need to come up with ideas for small projects which don't take up much time. Long live the cutting board / serving tray! I've had a few other ideas come to mind but realistically this is one of the easiest as all I need to to is keep piling up the offcuts in a bucket and when the bucket is full its time to mix and match until something comes together.
With a pile of cutting boards siting in the shop waiting for a finish I decided to do it right and make up a batch of "Board Butter", which is a mixture of mineral oil and beeswax.
|Really Simple Ingredients|
I filled up a jar with mineral oil to the 400ml mark and then added chips of beeswax until it measured 500ml giving me a 4 to 1 mix.
|The Mix Ready for Heating|
I heated up the mix in a small pot on the stove until the wax had completely melted and then poured the mix into a wide mouth mason jar and set it to cool on the counter.
|The Mix on the Stove|
|Fresh From the Stove|
|Cooled and Ready to Use|
The Board Butter is relatively similar to peanut butter in consistency and is applied with a cloth. It then sits for a couple of minutes before being buffed to a fine luster.
|Boards Waxed and Ready to Use|