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Blog entry by ElmoSr posted 06-26-2010 03:10 PM 1885 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch


I have a question about cutting boards. Recently got addicted to boards but have a problem with them not maintaining their smooth finish, went to a show yesterday and they developed a rough texture. I used 220 grit and mineral oil. they weren’t exposed to the sun or anything like elements. Did i not sand fine enough, didnt mineral oil enough? Can anyone give me an idea what I did wrong?


some of the boards I have seen are just really over the top, you guys are really great and the instructions on how to do that are given so freely, what a blessing,,, I take my hat off to you.

-- ElmoSr,Ga. Life is Hard by the Yard,,,But a Cinch by the Inch

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#1 posted 06-26-2010 03:43 PM

I’m still new at the cutting boards (I’ve only made one). But I sanded it down and then I took a scraper to it and it turned out great. On the end grain the scraper worked alot better than the sanding.

I have just posted some pictures of the cutting board that I made.

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#2 posted 06-26-2010 04:03 PM

After sanding down to your desired grit you can wipe the board with water to raise the grain. Wait until it dries then sand again. Should help your problem.

-- John , Central PA , on facebook:!/pages/JC-Sterling-fine-furniture/104430802928776

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#3 posted 06-26-2010 05:28 PM

It happens and is not uncommon at all. Not to sound snippy, but to let you know, this question has come up before. It will stop after a while.

A lot of times the glue will actually take weeks to fully harden and become one with the board. So it will be bumpy at the glue lines. Just lightly sand and re-oil.

And, and mentioned above, the grain can do funny things while it is getting used to it’s new life. Raising it first will help. So will sealing it. So will just letting it acclimate, lightly sanding, and re-oil. I really like the thicker oil-wax combos. What ever you use, flood it on and buff it in. It will drink a lot. This can go on for days (weeks?), or some will settle right down.

It’s wood,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#4 posted 06-27-2010 03:05 AM

Hey guys thanks for the info, i will try these tips, I really appreciate the help,,,i am trying a weave now and boy oh boy is the glue up fun

-- ElmoSr,Ga. Life is Hard by the Yard,,,But a Cinch by the Inch

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#5 posted 06-27-2010 12:52 PM

also make sure your wood is dry or “seasoned”, or the same thing can happen when it dries out a bit

-- BRODY. NSW AUSTRALIA -arguments with turnings are rarely productive-

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