Beetle kill T&G countertop/cutting board combo. suggestions for finish?

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Forum topic by MrSa posted 11-09-2017 12:17 AM 662 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-09-2017 12:17 AM

I’ve got some 1/2×4” beetle kill tongue and groove flooring i’m using for a countertop. its for a camper and will have a flush fitting stove thats removable to use outside, and will have a sink as well.
I’d like make a cutting board that fits in the sink. I thought it’d be cool to use the cut out piece for the sink as the cutting board so the grain matches up, but theres a couple things that im not sure about.

First, i’m using something called FX lumber guard, then a heat resistant (up to 500F) bar top epoxy, since the stove will expose the countertop to a bit of heat, from my little tests, not enough to burn, or even discolor it. but just want to be safe..

that finish isnt going to work with a cutting board obviously. and i dont trust that this 1/2” beetle kill would hold up well to cutting without a pretty serious finish.

Is there a finish anyone knows of that would be food safe but harden/strengthen the pine enough to stand up to cutting board abuse? and/or a way to construct the cutting board that wouldnt allow moisture in the T&G joints? by nature the T&G is pretty light and flimsy, the epoxy obviously solves that problem for the rest of the counter..

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#1 posted 11-09-2017 04:35 PM

Not really good idea to put any kind of shell coating on a cutting board. Eventually little flakes of it wind up in your food. It will also start looking pretty bad with use and repairing the finish requires stripping and refinish. If the pine has beetle holes it’s not a good candidate for a cutting board anyway because food will get caught in the tunnels and be a salmonella risk.

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#2 posted 11-09-2017 05:58 PM

Maybe this Charles Neil video will help.

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#3 posted 11-09-2017 06:00 PM

+1 with Lazyman.
I have never put a piece of pine in a cutting board, and never will. Too soft. And I know of no finish that will prevent the abuse that a cutting board may take, like for instance very sharp knives…

Think of your wood as the foundation of what you are building. No finish you can put on will hold if the foundation below it is soft and prone to movement, save for a plate of glass, steel, or some other hardened material in the proper thickness to withstand the application and take the pine out of the equation.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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