Yes, another end grain cutting board

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Project by Aaron posted 09-26-2013 11:03 PM 1844 views 5 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It is about time that I joined the cutting board club. Made two glue ups with strips of maple and walnuts then cut to width, put on edge, then glued together. I do not have a router (nor know how to use one) yet, so I beveled the edges using a hand plane and sand paper. To make things easier, next time I will use a caul or two.

Fun fact, using a blue kitchen sponge to wipe up glue up == a bad idea. Blue specks leached into the end grain and took about 10 fresh 60 grit orbital sanding pads to remedy.

Finished with mineral oil, then mineral oil with beeswax.

Question to the experts; my perfectly sanded glossy finish has gone away after getting the board wet a bit. I figure this happens as water soaks in etc etc, however shouldn’t my oil finish have prevented this? I seem to think that the oil might not have impregnated the surface, however I put on 6 or so coats with light sanding in between. Any tips?

Thanks for looking.


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#1 posted 09-27-2013 12:29 AM

Mine did the same thing…I will be interested from others why it happened as well. Great looking board.

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#2 posted 09-27-2013 09:07 AM

Nice work Aaron Your cutting board looks amazing Top Quality well done ::

-- BAZZ, LIVERPOOL UK A workshop is not a luxury . We need it to preserve our sanity in this frantic world we live in. A place to be at peace.

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#3 posted 09-27-2013 09:46 AM

I believe its because your beeswax/mineral oil finish is not a film finish. It does soak into the wood to protect the fibers, but imagine end grain as a whole bunch of drinking straws set on end. Your finish coats the inside of those drinking straws but doesn’t do anything to seal the holes in the ends…if that makes any sense. Only a film finish on the end grain would cause water to bead up. Any cutting board I’ve ever made does the same thing. That dull matte finish is normal and quite frankly, I like it.

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#4 posted 09-27-2013 07:38 PM

If you want a finish that stands up to wear and maintains its shine, you might try salad bowl finish. It contains mineral oil and polyurethane – that is food safe once it has cured. I have not used it yet myself, though I plan to shortly, but some of those who make lots of cutting boards swear by it.


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#5 posted 09-27-2013 08:02 PM

Very clever design/pattern. I like how the Maple appears encapsulated by the Walnut.
(If I ever join the CB club, I may have to adapt your design for my own project)

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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#6 posted 09-28-2013 04:01 PM

Great looking board Aaron, just a tip that works for me. before your finish sanding wet the board down well with water, this raises the grain and stands the fibers up then when dry finish sand as usual then apply your butcher block oil.

-- Everyone calls me Ed or Eddie , mom still calls me Edward if she is mad at me.

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#7 posted 09-29-2013 06:36 PM

Prattman, great idea. I might go ahead and do this then re seal with oil. I have read about doing this before but simply forgot to try it.

Thanks for the idea!


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