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Howard Butcher Block Conditioner

Mix of food-grade mineral oil and water-resistant beeswax and carnauba wax rejuvenates wood and prevents drying and cracking.
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Treat your butcher blocks, cutting boards, turned bowls and utensils to specialized wood care with this conditioner. Food-grade mineral oil penetrates deep and, along with water-resistant beeswax and carnauba wax, rejuvenates wood and prevents drying and cracking. Meets all FDA regulations for direct and indirect food contact. 12 fluid ounces.

(1) Butcher Block Conditioner
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Brand Howard
Manufacturer Part Number BBC012
Weight 0.7500
Color Clear
Size 12 oz
Use Interior
4.8 / 5.0
75 Reviews
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Butcher block
Very good conditioner. Goes on easy, penetrates quickly and cleans off and buffs to a soft shine.
Butcher block grilling table
Butcher block grilling table
June 29, 2020
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Makes any wood look great.
May 23, 2020
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Easy application with a rich looking finish. Seems pretty durable after a few washings.
3 cutting boards using walnut, maple, and hickory.
3 cutting boards using walnut, maple, and hickory.
April 26, 2020
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
works very well
April 15, 2020
4 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great product
Use this product on all of my cheese and cutting boards following directions on the bottle.
12” x 7/8” cheese board with ambrosia maple, Paduck, Purple Heart, maple
12”x 7/8” cheese board with curly maple, canary and Purple Heart
April 12, 2020
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Very good and easy to use.
April 9, 2020
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Howard butcher block conditioner
Very satisfied with this product. If you warm this product by putting container in a bath of warm water it thins out and goes on very nicely. Multiple coats give a nice build up of the product.
March 27, 2020
4 months ago
Loved the stuff
I still like straight mineral oil for the brand new items I make but this conditioner with beeswax does a better job of restoring boards. And as an added bonus it is GREAT for protecting and lubricating my workshop tables and sleds. The wood slides so much more smoothly after being treated.
March 24, 2020
4 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Good product
Good recommendation
March 3, 2020
4 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
I use this on all of the cutting boards/ cheese boards I make...great product!
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January 6, 2020
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Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
Ronald Freyenberger A on Apr 25, 2020
This was wood required for my project.
Robert O on Nov 17, 2019
Ronald Freyenberger A on Apr 25, 2020
To try on a rollin pin
Lynn G on Apr 14, 2020
This was wood required for my project.
Robert O on Nov 17, 2019
I have used it in the past and it works well.
ANDREW H on Feb 4, 2019
To finish a carving board
Stephen V on Jan 21, 2019
FDA food safe so presume safe for things that children come in contact with.
William D on Jul 11, 2018
Birthday request
Cynthia W on Apr 11, 2018
I use tyhis product a lot.
Vern B on Mar 10, 2018
I like the way it seals and way it goes on.
Neal W on Mar 6, 2018
hoping it works well...
Paul T on Feb 27, 2018
Sounds like a great product to put a safe finish on a hardwood cutting board I am making as a Christmas gift for a family member. I also have some other boards and salad bowls that desperately need a good conditioner
James K on Dec 10, 2017
Part of gift for pal
Brian M on Dec 3, 2017
Good reviews. Have used GF before, worked well,thought I would try this.
Russel J on Oct 21, 2017
I've used this in the past and noticed it was on sale
Michael S on Oct 9, 2017
It works
Joe M on Jul 2, 2017
Initial bottle came with block
Leslie S on May 7, 2017
for finishing cutting boards and grogs
Jason L on Apr 7, 2017
Safe product for food prep
Norm K on Mar 22, 2017
Needed a food safe finish for a kitchen island with butcher block top.
Tim S on Feb 28, 2017
I didn't choose this. Why do you ask?
Robert L on Feb 25, 2017
Quality and ease of use!
Grego on Feb 4, 2017
Used for some Bamboo cutting boards and worked well.
Lee K on Jan 13, 2017
Works great. Fantastic product.
TW H on Dec 30, 2016
Need to condition my 50 year old butcher block
John W on Dec 23, 2016
recommended by staff at Rocklers phone call
MICHAEL S on Dec 23, 2016
I am thinking about building some butcher block cutting boards.
Terry H on Dec 17, 2016
required for christmas presents.
James H on Dec 11, 2016
I just purchased a butcher block and did not realize I needed to treat it first. Looks like Howard is a good product to use. We'll see.
Juanita E on Dec 2, 2016
I make butcher block tables and this works very well. Gives them a very nice finish.
Ruth R on Nov 28, 2016
Works great on cutting boards.
Mike V on Nov 15, 2016
needed for cutting board
KYLE R on Nov 13, 2016
Use with toy car sets for children
JDK on Nov 9, 2016
Great Price
Kevin L on Aug 5, 2016
I use it with sandpaper to finish food related turned items.
T H on Jun 7, 2016
Favorite food safe finish for utilitarian wood turned bowls, platters and plates.
Michael on May 12, 2016
I am working on a butcher block table
John A on Feb 25, 2016
I've purchased/used this product from you previously...great stuff
Bruce F on Feb 19, 2016
Used in the past with good results, time to renew the finish on a couple cutting boards
Matt on Dec 31, 2015
Because I made some Cutting Boards and needed a product to finish them
Neal W on Dec 29, 2015
Need to keep wooden boards conditioned
EILEEN B on Nov 28, 2015
Love this stuff!
Susan R on Nov 28, 2015
Safe conditioner for food-use wood: breadboards and salad bowls - but also I use this for kids toys.
Peter H on Oct 7, 2015
making butcher block cutting board
Roger B on Sep 27, 2015
Had good reviews and I like the components of the product
joseph b on Sep 6, 2015
Purchased my first chopping block & this produced was recommended
Paul C on Sep 4, 2015
cant find any oil in town at all and 20% off was great.
jacob w on Jul 3, 2015
nice results
Sharon E on May 29, 2015
Am building cutting boards need to oil them.
Drew R on May 16, 2015
Because Rockler sells it , I trust their products
Chuck on May 14, 2015
It works good on my butcher block counter tops.
Clem C on Apr 24, 2015
To try on a rollin pin
Lynn G on Apr 14, 2020
I have used it in the past and it works well.
ANDREW H on Feb 4, 2019
I have a wood door in front the ocean and is dry and crack a little bit, the last time i stain it, it was 4 years ago, it looks good but i want to give it a best condition. This product is good for that?
Fernando H on Jan 21, 2016
BEST ANSWER: This product would do very little to protect exterior wood in a marine environment. If you don't want to completely strip and revarnish try Sikkens Cetol. That's what I use on the teak on my boat.
I am building a butcher block top out of maple and walnut - I was told to treat it with mineral oil with beeswax. Where can I find a large container of this product, and am I doing this correctly?
Steven M on Jul 24, 2015
BEST ANSWER: This is mineral oil and beeswax and there is plenty in the container for multiple butcher blocks. If you need more you could always purchase more than one, or you could make your own out of beeswax and mineral oil. As far as whether you are doing it correctly, you didn't tell us how you are doing it, so I guess the answer is no.
I am building a table out of 2" thick cherry. Is this a good finish, or would the butcher block conditioner be better? I'm going for a natural look, but want some protection from water marks.
Dan T on Jan 6, 2016
Howard Butcher Block Conditioner
Howard Butcher Block Conditioner
Butcher Block Oil
Butcher Block Oil
BEST ANSWER: I have just recently used the conditioner and have not used the oil so I cannot make a comparison. The conditioner was applied and wiped off two times. It left a brilliant finish but slightly slick. I have not used the cutting boards yet so I cant tell how the finish works but it looks beautiful and rich.
How much should I purchase for a final finish after 2 (possibly 3) coats of BLO on a 6'4' Hickory "butcher block" island top (strips-not end-grain)? I have made an island-top of raw select grade hickory. I put 2 coats of BLO so far. I am wanting to keep the finish natural wax like this one. How much should I buy for this amount of wood? Will 1 bottle cover it with some left over for maintance?
Scott B on Jan 9, 2017
BEST ANSWER: One would.probably take care of it but I would buy a couple for future maintenance. I made some end grain cutting boards this fall and did not put a finish on them. They have dried out and cracked due to the dry winter heat. Use plenty of mineral oil to help seal it.
How long does it take to fully dry?
Joe M on Oct 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I put three coats on and allowed a day or two between coats. I have recently seen that applying a coat of pure food grade mineral oil first can be helpful. I saw on you tube that the the last coat should be mixed with melted parafin wax (50-50) and applied for a better finish but have not tried that yet.
is this what i want to use to retreat a used cutting board?
Debby T on Nov 25, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes - I treat my end grain cutting boards several times each year with this. I've also used it to treat friends very old cutting boards which look like dried up pieces of wood and it instantly revitalizes them. Best if you can sand the wood down , working your way to something like 220 grit. For a more polished surface continue up to 320 grit or even 440 using orbital sander. Lightly dampen surface afterwards, let dry , then one more time with fine grit....this really leaves a smooth surface. Then treat it with butcher block conditioner. I warm my conditioner up in pan of hot water, till it is melted, and apply to board and let it soak in....then buff out.
does this product repel water?
mickey j on Jan 16, 2017
BEST ANSWER: When first applied it will repel water. Probably not if submerged for an extended period as in dishwasher. To continue to repel water it must be re-applied regularly.
Can I use butcher block conditioner on wine box? I want to plant herbs.
Isabella M on Jul 16, 2017
BEST ANSWER: This would be ok for the outside since it is a good safe product. However it is not a waterproofer. A polyurethane finish would be better on the inside unless you are using a box liner.
Can I use this on wood furniture? Mid century real desk and coffee table...
Brianna K on Apr 10, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It is safe for furniture but provides very little protection. For a simple finish on furniture use Tung Oil or Boiled Linseed Oil.
Can I use this on leather ?
James M on Jan 29, 2020
BEST ANSWER: It contains mineral oil and beeswax. A quick Google search gave me this info:"Do not use products that contain petroleum or mineral oils, as they are very drying and can damage the leather over time. Look for products that contain quality natural oils, like mink oil."So I'd say no, don't use it on leather. Go to any auto parts store and get a bottle of leather conditioner, either Mother's or Maguire's brands are best. Get some cleaner too and use it first, that way you don't "seal" in any dirt or oils currently on the leather.
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Donna D on Jul 18, 2017