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273 days ago

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Have some cross cut sections out of an oak that my buddy cut for me to use during my daughters wedding. They are now sitting in my shop floor and I was looking for ideas on what to do with them. They are around 20 inches in diameter and about four inches thick. My idea was to square them up and make butcher/cutting blocks out of them. I was wondering if anyone had seen this done before and what sort of issues I can expect…

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)


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#1 posted 273 days ago

The “issues’ I would expect are a lot of splits and cracks developing. That end grain oak will be very porous for a butcher block.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#2 posted 273 days ago

I was already considering cracks due to shrinkage as these things continue to season…didnt consider the pourous nature of the oak. Was planing on using a mineral oil and wax finish gfadvm, do you think this would help control moisture absorption enough in the oak???

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#3 posted 273 days ago

I would not use it for a cutting board. Oak is too open grain and bacteria can get caught in there and not readily wash off like a tight grain wood.

How about tables! With 3 or 4 legs and round aprons? But if they are green they will crack when they shrink and lose moisture. Have they started cracking at all? Are they sealed with Anchor Seal?

.............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!!

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#4 posted 273 days ago

Guess thats why I have never seen one of these Jim…lol No major cracks as of yet Jim. Was just sitting here thinking I need to go down there and see what the moisture content was on them. Might be time to try some of those live edge projects…

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#5 posted 273 days ago

If it’s a white oak or derivative, no problem.
If it’s red oak, all bets are off.

It will crack and split as a round, but try taking it into square blocks and see which ones split.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#6 posted 273 days ago

I think you can pour mineral oil on the top and it will appear on the underside shortly. Those crosscuts look so cool when fresh cut that I’ve always wanted to make something from them (but not a butcher block).

Not sure what would happen if you covered the whole thing with one of those pour on epoxies?

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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