|Forum topic by ProfPenguin||posted 11-10-2013 12:42 AM||5601 views||1 time favorited||3 replies|
11-10-2013 12:42 AM
I’ve been doing a bit of reading about using ash for cutting boards and while flat grain boards seem to be quite acceptable, most people seem to dislike the idea of using ash for end grain boards. The reason being, end grain boards with open grain woods, absorb liquids and harbor bacteria.
Doing some shopping, I see a handful of end grain ash boards for sale and can’t figure out if there is something I’m missing? Are they using it purely because it’s cheap? Or is there some trick to filling the pores?
Thinking about it, I can’t see a reason filling the pores with dilute, food safe, wood glue would not solve this issue. Has anyone ever tried it? The wood glue should fill the small capillary pores that could harbor bacteria. The only problem I can forsee is applying the mineral oil after the glue has hardened. Maybe I will get some blotchiness, maybe not?
I think I’m going to need to give this a test. Let me know what you think!