Cutting Board (one that got away)

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Project by mtkate posted 02-20-2010 11:35 PM 1967 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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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#1 posted 02-21-2010 12:08 AM

Your next to last paragraph, IMHO.

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#2 posted 02-21-2010 12:14 AM

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…

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#3 posted 02-21-2010 12:14 AM

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.

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#4 posted 02-21-2010 12:26 AM

I’m surprise end grain warped like that.

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


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#5 posted 02-21-2010 12:28 AM

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.

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#6 posted 02-21-2010 12:32 AM

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 02-21-2010 01:36 AM

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…. !!

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#8 posted 02-21-2010 03:34 PM

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 02-21-2010 09:16 PM

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

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#10 posted 03-26-2010 07:41 AM

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…

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#11 posted 06-06-2010 12:20 AM

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

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#12 posted 06-06-2010 12:31 AM

You win some and you don’t others

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