|Forum topic by harriw||posted 524 days ago||613 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
524 days ago
When I made my first end-grain cutting boards as gifts a few months back, I decided to wash them (water and dish soap) before wrapping them up, and was astounded at how much grain rise there was even after being saturated with mineral oil. So I went back and re-sanded them down, applied another coat or two of mineral oil, and wrapped them up.
It occurred to me that that might actually be a good standard procedure for cutting boards, salad bowls, etc., that are being given away. The idea would be to wash them once to raise the grain, and sand them back down and re-finish in the hopes that when the recipient uses and washes the item, the grain won’t rise as much on them.
So what do you think? Is this sound logic? Do any of you do this? Or would it not really have any effect and I’d just be wasting my time sanding and finishing twice?
I ask because I have an end-grain board my wife bought me at a craft fair years ago. After using it for a year or two, I re-sanded and re-finished it myself with mineral oil, and I now find that the grain really doesn’t rise at all when I wash it.
Thanks a lot!
-- Bill - Western NY