Board Butter!
To Nourish Your Wood Goods.

A few months ago I showed you how to quickly clean up your wooden kitchen tools with a swipe of olive oil.  At the time I promised to show you a better, (and more time consuming) way of doing it.

Now is that time.

When I say time consuming I mean this takes 5 minutes compared to the 1 minute the olive oil treatment takes. So … we’re not exactly talking about the sort of time commitment that you have to fret about.

I wrote that whole sentence based on wanting to use the word “fret”.  Just so there’s no secrets between us.

This is the first in a series of posts I’m doing that feature DIY $10 or less Christmas present ideas.  There will be several more to come over the next month all of which can easily be accessed by the fancy new button on the right side bar.  See?  That button over there to the right.

Back to the Board Butter.  This wood conditioner contains all of 2 ingredients both of which are relatively easy to get.

Beeswax and Mineral Oil.

I ordered beeswax ages ago to make candles with (which I never did) so I had that on hand, and I had Mineral Oil in the cupboard for conditioning my antique butcher block (which is now relegated to the basement), so I had that on hand.  1 lb of beeswax cost me $9 and a bottle of Mineral Oil is around the same.

I ordered my beeswax off of a candle making supply store but you can get it at craft stores, from local beekeepers and truthfully, this concoction doesn’t take a LOT of beeswax  so if you have stumps of old, 100% pure beeswax candles, you can use those.  Mineral Oil can be bought at any hardware or drug store.

As Brenda Watts (the woodworker from Cattails Studio who I pilfered this recipe off of) says … the hardest part is shaving off the beeswax.  I would like to add shoving it up your nose.  More specifically, NOT shoving it up your nose is the hardest part of making this.

It smells really good this Board Butter.

What with being made from bee vomit or spit or whatever and all.




Shave off 2 ½ ounces of Beeswax


Melt the Beeswax in a double boiler over medium heat.


Add 1 ½ cups of Mineral Oil. Heat and Stir for 5 minutes or so.


Pour into small metal containers.

I had vintage metal tobacco tins so that’s what I put mine in.

You can also use nice little metal tins like these which I found on

 Etsy but you can find similar round ones almost anywhere.






Just scoop some out with your fingers and rub it all over your wood …  that’s what she said … and leave it for an hour or even overnight.  Once it’s soaked in, buff it with a soft cloth.

The total cost of a 2 ounce tin would be around fifty cents, not including the container and makes a GREAT quick homemade gift.  Anything that smells this good will be appreciated by anyone with nostrils.

To turn this into a $10 gift, just add in a couple of wooden spoons, or a vintage rolling pin and nice tea towel and tie it all up with string.


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