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Forum topic by Andrew posted 01-06-2012 05:37 PM 2123 views 1 time favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-06-2012 05:37 PM

I have made a few end-grain cutting boards. I decided to make a few long-grain boards just using stripes. I would like to frame the whole thing in, to give a nice border around the whole board. The two ends would have the grain going in the opposite direction (the “breadboard” ends).

I am concerned about seasonal expansion/contraction. I will be sealing the boards with either mineral oil or salad bowl finish (or likely a combination of both). The board will probably be about 11” wide (the “cross-grain” direction). Think this is anything I need to worry about for something this size with dowels/oblong holes or should I be fine?

I am thinking something like this, but probably without the “moat” (though that is a cool idea):

Thanks.

-- Andrew - Albany. NY


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#1 posted 01-07-2012 10:44 PM

I have been making cutting boards for sometime now and the thinner boards I will glue a piece on the ends perpendicular to the grain in the main part of the board. I do this to help in reducing any warping that might occur on the thinner boards (1/2” – 5/8”) thick. I use #20 biscuits to hold these on.

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#2 posted 01-07-2012 10:55 PM

Awesome, guess you have no problems with cracking or anything from season to season?

How many biscuits? Thanks!

-- Andrew - Albany. NY

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#3 posted 01-08-2012 02:51 AM

I have had no problems with cracking or De-lamination’s from season to season. I give these as gifts to friends and family and the one that was treated the worst did show some cracking and the glue joints started to come apart, it was put repeatedly into the dishwasher and never oiled.

I use 3 biscuits on each end, the board is about 10” wide.

I have always recommended that people use mineral oil on these boards. The reason is that it is available at the grocery store and most people don’t want to bother with something special that might be expensive. In other words, cheap and more available might get used more often.

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