Cutting Board Refurbish

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Project by RJH311 posted 01-17-2012 05:26 AM 2892 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been trying to make some maple end grain cutting boards for a while as my first woodworking project. While visiting my parents this weekend I found a cutting board that my mother uses constantly and runs through the dishwasher. Needless to say it was dried out, cracked, and bleached beyond recognition. My dad even said afterwards that he didn’t know the wood strips were different woods. The first picture is of the board before sanding but after i’d put some wood glue/sawdust mixture into the cracks to fill the spaces. After that I sanded down the faces and sides with 80 grit working up to 220 grit. Once the sanding was finished I flooded the board with mineral oil. On advice that I’ve gotten from a few sources I bought mineral oil from Walgreen’s but I looked at the back and it includes vitamin E or B as a stabilizer, would this make a difference? I did this while my parent’s were at work so they came back to find it good as new on the kitchen counter (last picture). They called and were quite excited. Next up, my maple end grain cutting boards from scratch. Any pointers?

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#1 posted 01-17-2012 05:52 AM

A little oil goes a long way. Hint’s on cutting boards ? there are tons of them on Ljs Here’s a fellow that has been making them for a long time and a full blow expert. just look at his projects and read his blogs and you will get tons of ideas.

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#2 posted 01-17-2012 10:48 AM

That is an amazing restoration job, looks brand new again nice work.

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#3 posted 01-17-2012 12:09 PM

Great restore, dishwasher huh? Not good for boards. Using that mineral is fine and will save you money not buying the same thing drom the bog box store for $8.48… Too clean the board, take a 50/50 solution of vinegar and water in a spray bottle and sprayit downa dn wipe it off.

Jim is correct Larry is one of the many masters on here.

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#4 posted 01-17-2012 03:41 PM

Vitamin E as a stabilizer is a good thing. It probably won’t make much difference on a cutting board, but on stuff like a musical instrument it’s important or the finish will go rancid.

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#5 posted 02-02-2012 07:15 AM

Nice refurb. Ask you mother nicely to not wash wood in the dishwasher. You did a wonderful job on the poor old board. And welcome to LJ’s.

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#6 posted 02-09-2012 01:58 PM

Very nice work on this. Great job on the refurb.

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#7 posted 09-30-2012 03:08 AM

Good job on the Refurbished Cutting Board, looks brand new

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