Spalting/Worm Holes in Cutting Board

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Forum topic by Chris Speights posted 09-05-2012 05:31 PM 1514 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-05-2012 05:31 PM

I have a question, as silly as it may be. I made a cutting board recently. I guess I was only half paying attention, but after the glue up, I realized that there were several small worm holes and a little bit of spalting in areas on the walnut. I am finishing it with General Finishes Salad Bowl Finish. Will this be okay as a cutting board with the holes and cracks in it? I am trying to get the finish down in all the holes and cracks as best I can. I assume any raw meat on it is a definite no-no, but cooked meat should still be okay with a good cleaning, right?

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#1 posted 09-05-2012 07:54 PM

Spalting is actually a fungus that is starting to grow in the wood, and a percentage of the population is allergic to it. If you have a worm-hole, it could be anything from a beatle to a termite. Finish or not, if you find dust around the piece in the next week or so while keeping it on a clean surface in a temperate climate, not only do you have fungus in the spalting, you have live things…
And since a cutting board is meant to be cut on…sooner or later someone will go through your finish and expose the fungus and whatever else is in there. Sorry.

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#2 posted 09-05-2012 08:11 PM

Okay, thank you for the information. I appreciate it.

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