Chopping block

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Project by Boneski posted 04-24-2012 11:31 PM 2076 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally decided to make a chopping block out of some scraps, using Jarrah, Tasmanian Oak and Merbau. I’d figured out the basic “how to” and just went ahead. I particularly like the light flecs in the Merbau grain. Finished with vegetable oil.

As a side note I used Tite Bond II and I’m not sure if this was the best option long term. What’s everyone else out there using to glue their blocks together?

-- Blinded by brilliance

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#1 posted 04-24-2012 11:54 PM

Nice choice of woods,When ever I make any cutting boards I also use Tite Bond II and never had any failing joints, nice design.

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#2 posted 04-25-2012 12:20 AM

the board looks great and I love the pattern. I may just have to borrow the idea. I have a couple of recommendations. Do not finish your boards with vegetable oil because the oil will go rancid, instead use Butcher Block Oil or Mineral Oil (this is what I use and it is the cheapest). Than I use Tite Bond III because it is water proof and it is FDA approved for food contact surfaces. I love making Boards and you can say I am addicted.. If you have any other questions please message me!!

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#3 posted 04-25-2012 12:36 AM

Thanks for your input, Chef. Feel free to use my idea! I guess I need to soak as much of the oil out with a rag / paper towelling before redoing it with mineral oil.

-- Blinded by brilliance

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#4 posted 04-25-2012 12:49 AM

Very nice pattern and wood choices : )
I’ve made hundreds of boards using TBII , with no problems at all.
Stay away from TBIII if using light colored woods because it dries dark and will show the slightest gap in your glue lines. I second the motion in favor of Mineral Oil over vegetable oils : )

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#5 posted 04-25-2012 02:00 AM

Really nice board. I’ve made a few with TBII—never had a problem. They’re going on 10 years old now . . .

-- If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably a wise investment.

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#6 posted 04-25-2012 04:49 PM

Well done, Over 250 bosrd here I always use III. I do 50/50 cut of General Finishes Salad Bow Finish if they want it shinny. If matt finish is requested I soak it with mineral Oil and the put Bees wax on it.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#7 posted 04-26-2012 02:40 AM

Love your chopping block. I use Tite Bond III because it is waterproof. I also use grapeseed oil for the finish. Vegetable oil can turn rancid!

-- Snookie, Jasper,GA

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#8 posted 04-30-2012 12:51 AM

nice work

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