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Offline mattbyington

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My first cutting board - she wanted a small one.

I put mineral oil on (2 coats). It leaves my fingers a little greasy even after wiping the excess of. Does it eventually dry?

Matt


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Offline mattbyington

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Re: [Project 6] Wenge & Purple Heart Cutting Board for Wife
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2018, 08:16 PM »

Offline neilc

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Re: [Project 6] Wenge & Purple Heart Cutting Board for Wife
« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2018, 12:39 AM »
Do some research.  I don’t think I would use Welge for a cutting board.  It definitely can cause allergic reactions.  And the splinters are a b***ch...

Offline justaguy

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Re: [Project 6] Wenge & Purple Heart Cutting Board for Wife
« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2018, 01:25 AM »
I would not use either wood in a cutting board that will see real use. I’d suggest limiting this to. Decorative piece.

Purple Heart - Allergies/Toxicity: Although severe reactions are quite uncommon, Purpleheart has been reported as a sensitizer. Usually most common reactions simply include eye and skin irritation. Purpleheart has also been reported to cause nausea. See the articles Wood Allergies and Toxicity and Wood Dust Safety for more information.

Offline Birdhunter

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Re: [Project 6] Wenge & Purple Heart Cutting Board for Wife
« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2018, 05:44 AM »
I agree with nielc that Wenge is highly splintery. I’ve found the splinters fester quickly. I’ve also found that oils don’t penetrate Wenge, they just sit on the surface.

You might try removing the excess with a good solvent, outdoors, and wearing thick leather gloves.
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Offline Birdhunter

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Re: [Project 6] Wenge & Purple Heart Cutting Board for Wife
« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2018, 05:48 AM »
Aside from the negatives of the wood, your cutting board shows a great eye for design and workmanship. If you can get the oil off, the board could be used to serve cheese.... just not a lot of cutting on it and being careful wiping it clean.
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Offline SRSemenza

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Re: [Project 6] Wenge & Purple Heart Cutting Board for Wife
« Reply #6 on: May 13, 2018, 09:44 AM »
Nice combination of wood, though.  [wink]

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Re: [Project 6] Wenge & Purple Heart Cutting Board for Wife
« Reply #7 on: May 13, 2018, 09:47 AM »
Aside from the negatives of the wood, your cutting board shows a great eye for design and workmanship. If you can get the oil off, the board could be used to serve cheese.... just not a lot of cutting on it and being careful wiping it clean.

And maybe seal it with poly or something for a more impenetrable barrier.

Seth

Offline mattbyington

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Re: [Project 6] Wenge & Purple Heart Cutting Board for Wife
« Reply #8 on: May 13, 2018, 10:17 AM »
Thanks so much everyone for the help! Obviously I am a novice so didn't know those things, it's great to know. I"ll do the cheese thing.

Thanks @neilc and @justaguy for letting me know.

@Birdhunter and @SRSemenza thanks very much!

Truth be told .. when I first received the Wenge (ordered it online) I ran my hand along the surface and got 3 NASTY splinters that didn't come out for 2 weeks.

So, yes, I learned my lesson. Maybe I'll stick to Walnut next time ;)

Matt

Offline pixelated

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Re: [Project 6] Wenge & Purple Heart Cutting Board for Wife
« Reply #9 on: May 13, 2018, 10:18 PM »
I like to use bee's wax for cutting boards. There are a number of bee's wax based products for finishing cutting boards and other food-contact wood.

Offline jarbroen

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Re: [Project 6] Wenge & Purple Heart Cutting Board for Wife
« Reply #10 on: May 16, 2018, 10:56 AM »
Walnut is awesome for cutting boards.  And if you want to do a neat contrast you could use some figured maple.

I really like OSMO.  I use the Poly-x for cabinets, shelves etc.  All 'organic'.  I think you can safely use the Poly-x for food areas, but they do have a specific foodsafe product.  I think it's 'Top' or something like that.
Usually one coat of OSMO wiped on with a blue shop towel gets the job done.  I have it on some walnut end tables and I have two daughters who don't understand what coasters are for. :)  Water sat on one table for quite a while with no damage.

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Re: [Project 6] Wenge & Purple Heart Cutting Board for Wife
« Reply #11 on: May 16, 2018, 08:52 PM »
I’ve made a bunch of serving boards out of Marblewood edged with Royal Ebony. The combination is striking. The two woods are hard and tough.
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