One of my favorite and most used kitchen tools is my Boos Block. This cutting board stays on my counter, right next to the sink and gets used several times every day. Pretty much every single fruit or veggie than enters my home makes contact with my Boos! By the way, you can use this repair method for any real wood butcher cutting block – it does not have to be a Boos Board.
Most butcher blocks require some maintenance, especially if they are heavily used as mine is. If you take care of your block, it can last a very, very long time making it well worth the somewhat hefty price you pay for it. The last Boos Block I owned sat in my kitchen for close to 10 years and it still had years of life left, but I wanted/needed a bigger board.
This board was a few months old and newer boards actually require more care than well worn ones. They need to be oiled and moisturized regularly. Sadly, I was so used to my old board that I overlooked the increased maintenance that was needed and after a couple of months it started to show a few small splits. NOOOOoooooOOooOOoOo! Splits in cutting boards are not good. If moisture gets into those cracks they will make the board split more rendering it useless, so if you see a small split, be sure to act quickly! Of course this would have never happened had I been diligent about maintenance, but I can’t turn the clock back so I needed to find a way to repair the splits. Thankfully it’s quite an easy fix.
- John Boos Mystery Butcher Block Oil
- Paraffin Wax (make sure you purchase food-grade quality).
- A disposable cup or bowl for mixing
- A measuring spoon (1 tablespoon)
- Paper Towels
You need to mix the wax and oil together in a 1:4 ratio. 1 part wax, 4 parts oil. To do this, you need to melt some of the wax. You don’t need much. This box contains 4 blocks and I used 1/4 of one block.
Melt the wax in a small pot. It is important the pot doesn’t get too hot so create a double boiler by placing that small pot in a larger pot of water. While the wax is melting, measure 2 tablespoons of the Mystery Oil into the disposable cup. TIP: I always keep the egg cups from Easter Dye Kits around the house for random projects like this!
Once the wax melts, add 1 tablespoon into the oil and mix until combined.
Finish the board off by applying a coat of Mystery Oil by itself. Once that dries, if you have it, you can add a coat of Boos Board Cream for added protection.