Epoxy on Cutting Boards

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Forum topic by bline22 posted 06-12-2019 12:09 PM 1515 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-12-2019 12:09 PM


I am making some end grain cutting boards about 9×14x1.5”. Along one side i want to apply a .5” edge out of epoxy resin. In addition, i would fill any voids with it. I would finish it with any of the following: Mineral Oil, Generals Salad bowl finish or a butcher block finish since i have all on hand.

My question is, does anyone see any concern with that epoxy resin being food safe in how i am using it?

Would any of those finishes, or others, be better to alleviate the above if a concern?

Last, i have some alder laying around, anyone ever used that for a cutting board? There are some small voids in it and this is what i was considering filling with epoxy to seal them up.

Thanks for the help.

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#1 posted 06-12-2019 12:15 PM

The only epoxy resin that I know is food safe is Art Resin. But none will stand up to a knife.

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#2 posted 06-12-2019 01:05 PM

Alumilite is food safe as well. I use it to coat the inside of beer mugs. When I researched this a couple of years ago, basically what I found out is that most all epoxy resins are food safe once they’re fully cured. But the process to go through to get FDA certified is prohibitively expensive and prevents many companies from doing so.

If these are for personal use, I wouldn’t worry about it. If they’re gifts or being sold, I’d make sure the epoxy is food safe.

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#3 posted 06-12-2019 01:17 PM

I wouldn’t be worried about the food safe, after it is cured, but I would be worried about if is going to look after a while of use, knife cuts and such.

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#4 posted 06-12-2019 02:06 PM

I wouldn’t use epoxy in a cutting board, it will only look good until it is used, then the knife cuts will destroy the appearance of the epoxy very quickly.

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#5 posted 06-12-2019 04:06 PM

I had a similar problem with an end grain cutting board myself. I routed out the void and made an end grain dutchman to patch the void. I do not know how it will hold up yet, but the repair blends in well due to the end grain material I selected.

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#6 posted 06-12-2019 05:22 PM

Thanks for all of the replies. The voids are pretty small normally that I have seen. some around 1/8” at the largest.

I understand what folks are saying about cutting into the epoxy. I am not a very good cook but was hoping by having only the edge (Supposed to be a river effect) only 1/2” at the largest it wouldn’t be cut that often.

How about alder. has anyone used that or see any reason why one couldn’t?

@hokieken is this what you used?

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#7 posted 06-12-2019 05:29 PM

That’s the stuff bline22. FWIW, they sell dyes specifically made for it. I use regular old food coloring though and it has always worked well.

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