|Forum topic by Purrmaster||posted 12-03-2013 02:54 PM||694 views||0 times favorited||8 replies|
12-03-2013 02:54 PM
Like many I’m throwing together cutting boards for possible Christmas gifts. And I had some questions about purpleheart.
When I’ve worked with purpleheart I’ve noticed than when I saw it and sometimes when I sand the wood smells like moldy cheese. It isn’t pleasant. But it fades pretty quickly and doesn’t come back. Except….
I made a cutting board (long grain) out of purpleheart. When the board gets used (I think it’s water that does it) it starts to smell like moldy cheese again. Once it dries out the smell stops. I haven’t heard of the stinky scent being transferred to the food cut on it. And yes, the board was coated several times with mineral oil and then Howard’s butcher block conditioner.
It’s made me reluctant to make another for fear of destroying someone’s nostrils. But I’ve seen plenty of pictures here with people making cutting boards out of purpleheart or at least using pieces of purpleheart in the boards.
Anyone else run into the smell? If so, how do you deal with it? Is there a way to permanently deodorize the wood? Does it not occur with end grain purpleheart?