Cutting Board Issues with Sanding

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Forum topic by Rob posted 09-04-2013 10:02 PM 951 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-04-2013 10:02 PM

Hopefully some of you will have an idea on how to solve my issue. After creating a cutting board and sanding it silky smooth, my normal finish of choice is Mineral Oil. The problem I’ve run in to is that after several coats and the board has soaked up as much as it can and then left alone to dry, I can feel ridges where the individual pieces have been glued together. This is the case with both edge grain and end grain boards. I assume the grain is raising from the oil at the joints. To resolve that issue, I wait several days until the board is good and dry and then I take 220 grit sandpaper and give the board a light sanding to eliminate those ridges. Although this procedure works and the boards become silky smooth again, the sandpaper gets caked with a mix of Mineral oil and sawdust making it only usable one time. At first I thought that maybe I wasn’t waiting long enough before sanding and that the boards weren’t completely dry but the same thing happened when I tested this theory out on a board I made over a year ago. It too caked up with the Mineral Oil and Sawdust. Now I’m not cheap by any means but a 4 pack of 220 grit discs at HD is $5.00 I expect to get more usage at a cost of $1.25 per disc. How do you take care of smoothing your boards again or do you just leave the ridges so they can be felt?

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#1 posted 09-04-2013 10:04 PM

What kind of glue did you use?

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#2 posted 09-04-2013 10:09 PM

I use either Titebond II or Titebond III depending on what I have

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#3 posted 09-04-2013 10:21 PM

I experience this with pva glues. They do retain some flex and creep. I have found that letting the glue get to a full cure for sanding can take awhile, and the changes in the wood will “push” the glue up out of seems. It will be difficult, with the boards already oiled, to fix these… but in the future maybe try waiting a good 30 days before final sanding.

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#4 posted 09-05-2013 04:30 AM

How about using a card scraper?

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