Refinishing a Cutting Board + DIY Food Safe Wood Sealer

My cutting board has started to look a bit sad. Not to mention all those scratches can breed bacteria. I've been putting this project off for a while. I have to say it was a lot less work than I had anticipated. I only needed 4 tools and the whole process took about 30 minutes. Cutting boards are easier to sand than other wood products, because they do not come with heavy stains and lacquers that need to be stripped. Light sanding should be enough and it doesn't have to perfect, but you should make sure the sanding is even. Always sand in long, sweeping motions going in the direction of the grain. 

Here's what you'll need:

  • 1/2 cup of Mineral Oil - I got mine in the Walgreen's pharmacy section
  • 1 teaspoon of beeswax
  • small container
  • 220 grit or fine sand paper
  • Measuring cup
  • Stove top pot



  • If you don't have a double boiler (I don't) you can place your measuring cup inside a standard sauce pan. Plus the measuring cup has a hand — so you can hinge it to the side of your pot. So water is less likely to get in. 
  • Fill the sauce pan with enough water to surround the measuring cup with out going inside.
  • Place your beeswax inside the measuring cup and allow it to melt, approx 5-10 minutes on medium heat.
  • While beeswax is melting use sand paper to sand down your cutting board.
  • After the beeswax is melted, mix in the mineral oil and keep heat on.
  • The beeswax will start to solidify when you add the room temperature oil, so mix until it is completely blended.


  • The mixture will start to solidify as it cools. Although this recipe will not turn completely solid. It's more like a gel.
  • I put mine in this little mason jar, because I definitely won't need all of it for one application.
  • The next step is to apply the gel and let it sit to sink in, maybe 15-20 minutes. 
  • Wipe off any excess.


This is my after cutting board, which is quite a difference. You can still notice some scratches off to the side, but not nearly as many as before. It's really a simple project. I also really like that this mixture is a gel and not a solid, because it applies so easily, and it stays in gel form at room temperature, which is convenient.  

The oils will sink in eventually so re-polish every 2 months or as needed.