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diemaker

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01-10-2013 10:45 AM

Topic tags/keywords: purpleheart maple

my first attempt in this forum, & also in making a cutting board which I seem to be having somewhat of a problem that I do not understand what to do about. My board is 16×20 and 2” thick made from purpleheart & maple & it keeps moving on a daily basis, so that it does not sit flat. I have some 1/16” thick neoprene pad on the bottom, any advice would be welcome and appreciated. thanks.

-- Ray, New Hampshire, http://Raydor@metrocat.net


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AandCstyle

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#1 posted 01-11-2013 02:51 AM

Ray, the wood gains and loses moisture daily depending on the ambient humidity. The wood has to be able to do so equally from both sides or it will warp. This is the reason for veneering both sides of any substrate. The neoprene is preventing that from happening, hence the warping. As I see it, you have 2 options, add neoprene to the other side (NOT likely or suggested) or, preferably, remove the neoprene altogether. Once you get the neoprene off, you will need to finish that side the same as the other side. Finally, you may need to let the board stand upright for a period of time until it has totally equilibrated. HTH

-- Art

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diemaker

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#2 posted 01-11-2013 03:53 AM

Art, Thank you for your reply, I may have not explained myself just right the neoprene are only 3/4” square pads in the four corners, sorry about that.. your answer has made me more aware of what is happening & what I should do to correct the problem. Do you think if I put some 1” thick pads in the corners that would be enough space to let air get at all sides??? Thanks for the help.

-- Ray, New Hampshire, http://Raydor@metrocat.net

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#3 posted 01-12-2013 01:45 AM

I guess it is possible that too little air movement under the board could have caused the problem. If the board isn’t flat now, try flipping it over to see if that helps. If it is flat, try storing it on an edge for a while to see if that ends the problem. Did you give the wood time to equilibrate to your shop before making the board? I don’t know the humidity level of your house, your shop or the wood at the start of the process, but I think there is a significant imbalance that caused the issue. Sorry that I can’t be of more help.

-- Art

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#4 posted 01-12-2013 02:05 AM

Have you finished all sides of the cutting board? If so what have u used? You are defiantly getting movement. Your shop and house are probaly way different humidity. How long has it been in your house?

-- Sparks

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Whitewalls

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#5 posted 01-12-2013 03:24 PM

The cutting boards that I make will warp just a bit right after the are finish sanded and before putting a finish on them. But they always go flat after a about a week. I’ve got a couple that I made 6 years ago that we use in the kitchen daily that have been left in the sink sitting in water and they were almost a bowl when I took them out. They did flatten back out though. If you haven’t finished all sides of it, you definitely need to do that, You may also want to take the pads off and see what happens. That may end up being your problem. Good luck.

-- Jared, Northern IL

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#6 posted 01-12-2013 03:46 PM

Pro cook weighing in here: feet on cutting boards are potentially dangerous. Unless all four feet are on the same surface, the board can wobble. Not a huge danger, I suppose, unless you keep your knives as sharp as I do mine (one little slip and your finger’s a half inch shorter). If you’re worried about your board slipping while in use, place a damp kitchen towel under it. Plus, cutting boards are prettier without feet.

From one guy taking his baby steps to another: good luck, and keep it up, man! Don’t get discouraged.

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diemaker

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#7 posted 01-16-2013 05:28 AM

Hi Art.. Sorry for the delay in getting back to you, the wife had a hip operation on the 10th and had to attend to her, all is well, to get back to my board problem, I am trying your advice of storing it on end for a time & see if that will do it, will let you know the results.

Sparks, thanks for your reply, yes, I did finish it all over with butcher block oil & it’s been in the house about 2 wks. now, I am trying Art’s suggestion & will post the results.

Whitewalls, where did you get the nerve to put your cutting board in the water??? I would have a heart attack, do you really think the pad will bother flatness? there only 1/16” x 3/4” square.

FeralVermonter, thanks for the encouragement, like I said, this is my first board & this warpage was quite a surprise to me so I am trying to find out if it was something I did wrong or what!! At this point it sounds to me like it may be an acclimation problem and that may rectify itself in due time.

THANKS ALL, I WILL GET BACK YOU

-- Ray, New Hampshire, http://Raydor@metrocat.net

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#8 posted 01-16-2013 04:13 PM

Here’s hoping your wife’s recovery is quick and complete. :)

-- Art

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#9 posted 01-16-2013 04:28 PM

The reason I have put them in water is basically a torture test. I have put them through a lot of abuse. I figure if I give them as gifts or sell them that they should last through everyday use.

-- Jared, Northern IL

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