Cutting Board (one that got away)

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Your typical end grain cutting board with maple and purpleheart. I made this as a very last minute gift for a relative for xmas… and did all the requisite things like dousing it in mineral oil over 3-4 days until it wanted no more and waxing it off like a surfboard.

I told him it was for garlic, ginger – small vegetable things as it’s really a small board.

He proceeded to use it for meat. He told me he soaked it for a full minute in hot water. Then it warped so he threw it on the fire.

Is the warping due to my construction not being solid enough (I used Titebond III) or was he just… for lack of a better word… an idiot for soaking a non-commercially made cutting board in hot water for minimally 60 seconds?

Oh gods of the cutting boards – your opinion on this is most wanted….

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John Stegall

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#1 posted 1649 days ago

Your next to last paragraph, IMHO.

-- jstegall

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#2 posted 1649 days ago

No fault on your the timber was not techinically sealed…as in a poly type coating… the hot water was sucked in and when it dried at different rates on each side… hey it warped… this could have been reversed…
BTW FWIW nice board…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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robert triplett

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#3 posted 1649 days ago

One can’t choose ones relatives, but one can choose who gets such a nice gift in the future. I have never had a problem with a board like yours, except when my son’s roommate put one in the dishwasher! Nice looking board.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and so little time!

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Dan'um Style

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#4 posted 1649 days ago

I’m surprise end grain warped like that.

It probably got funny looking from washing all the finish off and he tossed it out.


-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#5 posted 1649 days ago

just made one out of reclaimed mahogany and maple. Bought the butcher block sealer and sealed board. Have used a few times alredy with no problems exept knife marks. Handwashed only and still solid . Needs more sealant though.

-- If it dont fit, get a bigger hammer!!!!!

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#6 posted 1649 days ago

First of all – this is a very nice cutting board that you should be proud of.

I’ve made several cutting boards as gifts for friends and relatives. The constant refrain I hear is “that’s to pretty to actually use”. I don’t think even one of my cutting boards has actually been used. I know that a few are hanging on the wall as a display item.

I find myself wondering, how many nice cutting boards are actually used and how many are just treated as a display item.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#7 posted 1649 days ago

My nephew soaked an end grain board in water overnight… it just about exploded… and he couldn’t figure out why… told him to stick to what he knows… which is NOT woodworking or good sense about wood!
Some people…. !!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#8 posted 1649 days ago

Thanks all. I knew in my heart that it was plain stupidity on his part. The board was thin, so no wonder.

Robert – that’s exactly what some others have said… stick to gift cards for that relative. It’s unfortunate.

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#9 posted 1648 days ago

Nice piece, simple elegant. Pity …........

-- Dreaming patterns

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#10 posted 1616 days ago

My cutting board warps all the time, and then we just flip it over. It’s because it dries at different rates or even absorbs water at different rates. The only way to stop it would be to put breadboard ends on it.

I just about cried when you said he put it on the fire :(

Wood boards don’t really need to be soaked anyway. Just wiped.They are much safer than plastic because the end grain gives under the knife then closes up. Now a plastic cutting board, it just creates gaps on every knife cut which harbors bacteria.. I would just put them on the fire..

It’s like the people who buy a log home and then complain when cracks develop in the logs…

A lump of coal next time…

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#11 posted 1544 days ago

You must have been heartbroken to know that your baby ended up in the fire : (
It looks like it was a great little board : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#12 posted 1544 days ago

You win some and you don’t others

-- Custom furniture

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