|Forum topic by Upsman90||posted 09-28-2015 07:29 PM||730 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
09-28-2015 07:29 PM
I received an old butcher block from my father before he passed. It was originally used in his butcher shop. It has been in my fathers basement for the last 40 years. I believe the block is maple. It is 40”L x 30”D x 8” thick double dovetail end grain block. There are at least 4 rods through the block and they are covered by wood plugs. I want to clean it up and oil it so I can install it in my new kitchen. Once I am done sanding I am going to clean it with a mild bleach solution. Then scrub it with salt and white vinegar. I only plan on using food grade mineral oil and possibly bee’s wax to finish it.
Here is my problem. For the last 10 years it has been sitting on one side on his basement floor. As a result of a flooded basement or 2 there is some water damage on that side. The water swelled, cracked and broke some of the dovetail joints. I have tried to clamp the block to see if glueing it was possible but I cannot get the gaps to close. Keeping the cracks concerns me as they are great breeding ground for bacteria. Since I would like to use this for food prep bacteria is a serious concern. I have not found any wood fillers that are specifically food safe and I don’t think the filled cracks will look that good considering their size.
I was thinking that I might try a straight router bit to cut out the cracked sections. Then glue in new pieces.
Along the same line I was thinking about routing out the separations then routing a through dovetail joint to make it look like the new blocks belong. More than likely I would do both the damaged and undamaged sides to make it look like it was a planned ornament rather than a repair.
Any help would be appreciated.
The bad side.
The Good side.