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grenger

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01-25-2013 12:41 PM

HELP!
did a cutting board with maple and purple-heart… i finished it with beeswax and mineral oi…

strawberries were cut on it and there is now red stained. I saw on the net that i could use VINEGAR and SODA to remove it. It did remove it but now the board is now a lot darker (black), especially the maple. What can i do to restore the colors

thanks

—Gerry (the beginner)

-- Gerry (the beginner), Gatineau, QC, Canada


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NewEnglandsWoodWorks

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#1 posted 01-25-2013 12:43 PM

Sand the board and re finish it again.

-- Brett

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#2 posted 01-25-2013 01:06 PM

THANKS, that is what i thought would be the best thing to do..

-- Gerry (the beginner), Gatineau, QC, Canada

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#3 posted 01-25-2013 01:13 PM

Oil and wax are not finishes; at least not from a “sealed protective coating” point of view.

-- Michael :-{| “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” ― A H

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#4 posted 01-25-2013 01:36 PM

thanks for the comment crank49 but this does not really answer my question. ;-)

-- Gerry (the beginner), Gatineau, QC, Canada

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#5 posted 01-25-2013 02:45 PM

Hi To remove the stain get oxalic acid from your local pharmacy. Mix a past and apply to the marks, leave on for a few minutes 3-5 and wipe of with water. This should remove the stain down to a millimeter or two.May need a few applications suggest trying on a piece of scrape with the same stains. Hope this helps Tamboti

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#6 posted 01-27-2013 12:47 AM

thanks tamboti…

-- Gerry (the beginner), Gatineau, QC, Canada

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#7 posted 01-27-2013 04:27 AM

Finish both sides, cut on one and display the other. It’s a cutting board, it will eventually look ugly either way.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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grenger

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#8 posted 01-27-2013 07:57 AM

I put the router to it (endgrain board).... removed all the bad stuff…. like new now.
Thanks too all for your help and suggestion.

-- Gerry (the beginner), Gatineau, QC, Canada

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#9 posted 05-17-2013 06:46 PM

how deep did you need to router it? My girlfriend just made a beet salad using my brand new board… looks like a horror show :’(

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#10 posted 05-17-2013 08:03 PM

LOL! depends, many factor. Was the board seasonned well, how long was the stain on the board,

i started with the router 1/32 then lowered the bit till it was all removed. A drum sander (if you have) would do the job.

good luck

-- Gerry (the beginner), Gatineau, QC, Canada

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guitarchitect

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#11 posted 05-17-2013 08:43 PM

noooope, no drum sander. i guess i may have to take it to the belt sander and work it ‘til it’s gone. oh well!

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grenger

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#12 posted 05-18-2013 12:21 AM

I have no belt sander ;-( rooter then 220 and 320 orbital sanderes

show me pictures

-- Gerry (the beginner), Gatineau, QC, Canada

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#13 posted 05-18-2013 08:48 AM

This will happen many times over the life of the board if you put it through normal use. Just keep using and washing it and it will fade and eventually be gone. If you take a router to it ever time it incurs a stain it will be see through in no time. :)

-- PaulMayer, http://www.vernswoodgoods.com

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guitarchitect

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#14 posted 05-18-2013 01:03 PM

Before:

After:

I’m fine with a bit of regular discoloration, but this is a bit over the top! :)

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#15 posted 05-28-2013 08:50 PM

oh my my, been slammed and called everything in the world, concerning mineral oil and wax,as useless as a finish glad to see this. Good thing those beets and strawberriers were not a chicken or something worse .Old habits are hard to break.

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