Reclaimed Cherry for Cutting Board?

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Forum topic by Reid Martin posted 03-31-2011 11:25 PM 967 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Reid Martin

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03-31-2011 11:25 PM

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Hey, just wondering if anyone had any expertise or opinions on this. I have a bunch of cherry from some cabinetry I disassembled, it had a stain & lacquer finish. I have ripped and planed the material so all the outer surfaces have been removed, but I’m concerned about the potential dangers with the original finish having seeped into the wood. What do you think, is this safe to use for this application?

Thanks, Reid

-- Reid, Marietta, Ga.

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#1 posted 04-01-2011 12:30 AM

I’d say, if you can’t see it, it’s not there…. Use it if it’s clean and clear

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#2 posted 04-01-2011 04:05 AM

If you planed the wood, you’re safe. I don’t have the exact depth of stains and glue, but I do know it is in the thousandth of an inch. When I reclaim lumber, I use a Stanly #80 scraper and scrape the finish off. I learned this from a master cabinet maker who explained to me that chemical strippers are the worst because they seep into the wood deep enough so they leave a residue.

-- Bernie: It never gets hot or cold in New Hampshire, just seasonal!

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