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Forum topic by Brandocalrizzion posted 12-21-2017 03:34 PM 585 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Brandocalrizzion

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12-21-2017 03:34 PM

I am finishing up a cutting board for a christmas gift.

In the past I have noticed with Padouk and some Walnut that when I clean it after use (soap + water) and dry it off, that colored streaks of saw dust are left on the towel. Any idea as to where I went wrong with finishing the board? After cleaning off excess oil from oiling this board, I did notice some dust streaks (not sure what to call them) left on the towel.

I don’t want to reproduce this error in the one I am gifting a few days from now for Christmas.


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#1 posted 12-21-2017 04:35 PM

What is the finish that you used?

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#2 posted 12-21-2017 06:07 PM

Padauk leaches color easily unless sealed. It wouldn’t be my choice for a cutting board.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#3 posted 12-21-2017 10:11 PM

I have had problems with both Padauk and Blood wood bleeding color unless completely sealed. Blood wood has even stained lighter wood next to it in end grain cutting boards I made.
Also if not sealed (oil applications is not a seal) both become a brown color with age and sealing only slows that process down.

-- Les B, Oregon

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Brandocalrizzion

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#4 posted 12-21-2017 10:16 PM

@ScottM I am using “Howard Cutting Board Oil” from my local Lowes department store.

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#5 posted 12-21-2017 10:17 PM

@Rick_M and @LesB, how should a cutting board be properly sealed outside of oil application. I was under the impression that oil was acceptable, but it looks like I was under the wrong impression.

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#6 posted 12-22-2017 04:38 AM

I find Padauk sanding dust to be easily transferrable to other woods, rags, etc during finishing. Sometimes you think you’ve got it clean and then wipe it down to come away with more red color.

Maybe you had some dust still and since you’re using cutting board oil a little bit of the dust is still mobile?

Mike

-- No honey, that's not new, I've had that forever......

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#7 posted 12-22-2017 06:20 AM



@Rick_M and @LesB, how should a cutting board be properly sealed outside of oil application. I was under the impression that oil was acceptable, but it looks like I was under the wrong impression.

- Brandocalrizzion

A cutting board doesn’t actually to be sealed. I have one that is probably 20 years old and bare wood, it’s even been through the dishwasher probably a hundred times. Oil, especially mineral oil is for appearance, it doesn’t do anything. But if using padauk, you’ll need a waterproof spray finish. Wipe or brush on finishes will probably leach red from the padauk and discolor the lighter wood.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#8 posted 12-23-2017 09:01 PM

I think of an oil finish as “treating” the wood against moisture and to bring out the wood grain. It still allows the wood to breathe. ASeal would be a hard finish like varathane or lacquer. As Rick says you might have to spray the finish on with light coats to avoid color runs.

-- Les B, Oregon

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