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Old 05-18-20, 08:36 AM
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Originally Posted by mtb_addict View Post
i just want to following up by saying the black mildew is still there, and i began using the board.

before using it, i soaked the board in water with tablesalt, as recommended by locals. the water was very brown whe i poured it away, after soaking for 3 days.

the board still smells very bad...like stinky gym socks.

the board is allegedly made from “steel wood”.

i am worry about what harmful chemical might be continuously leaking out of the board, onto food.
Have you tried prayer and other forms of magical thinking? How about injecting the wood with bleach?

If you think getting mould spores out of wood is hard, wait until the doctors are trying to get them out of you.
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Old 05-18-20, 10:34 AM
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Have you tried burning it?
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Old 05-18-20, 12:43 PM
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Originally Posted by clemsongirl View Post
my dishwashers sani-antibacterial setting provides 170 degree water which will take care of bacteria and viruses…..since i don’t get scored knife marks deep enough to matter (those shouldn’t be a problem at 170 anyway) i’m not worried about that either. Personally a good polyethylene one is just quicker and easier for me to use and sanitize.
We've been using a set (multiple sizes) for more than ten years. The scoring actually helps prevent food slipping while cutting. They're white and do pick up stains from vegetables sometimes, but since they are organic in origin, a quick mist with Clorox Cleanup and their gone by the time you finish loading the dishwasher.
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Old 05-18-20, 01:09 PM
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Pfft!!!

Just use the cutting board. Once you've washed it, bleached it, hit it with vinegar, and ammonia (NOT ALL AT THE SAME TIME). i wouldn't worry about any remaining surface contamination. You'll probably kill yourself with all the chemicals first anyway.
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Old 05-19-20, 12:11 AM
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good news!

i was cutting lemons yesterday...to make lemon tea. i rubbed some left over lemons onto the board and let it sit. at first, it didnt seem to make any difference. but this morning, i noticed the black stain is mostly gone. i can only see faint black spots now.

so, it looks like it is not mold nor mildew...but some random inorganic black stain.

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Old 05-19-20, 06:40 AM
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Originally Posted by mtb_addict View Post
good news!

i was cutting lemons yesterday...to make lemon tea. i rubbed some left over lemons onto the board and let it sit. at first, it didnt seem to make any difference. but this morning, i noticed the black stain is mostly gone. i can only see faint black spots now.

so, it looks like it is not mold nor mildew...but some random inorganic black stain.
Looks like you found a solution.

Lemon Juice Mold Removal

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Old 05-19-20, 08:06 AM
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Originally Posted by FiftySix View Post
Looks like you found a solution.

Lemon Juice Mold Removal

Might have to try this on our boards for stain removal.
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Old 05-19-20, 03:14 PM
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I'm a little biased as I make some really nice cuttings boards for some fairly decent money as a side hobby but I spent a lot of time researching finishes, glues, woods and safety concerns.
That sounds cool. What kinds of wood do you use? What minimum equipment would one (I) need to try making a butcherblock as a home project? I suppose you need a good planer to make the pieces really square so they glue together squarely?
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Old 05-19-20, 04:01 PM
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Originally Posted by RubeRad View Post
That sounds cool. What kinds of wood do you use? What minimum equipment would one (I) need to try making a butcherblock as a home project? I suppose you need a good planer to make the pieces really square so they glue together squarely?
Cherry, walnut, beech, birch, maple, padauk, purple heart, and others. Really depends on the board.

this is a fairly basic board but does a good job of showcasing the natural colors.

For a true butcher block you need a basic bandsaw or table saw, don't have to be big or heavy duty. A planer and it will be very difficult to succeed without a jointer. Planers only make things flat, jointers make them square. From there a sander is fine for a regular board but doing a butcher block you'll really be best with a router or you can sand for hours with no guarantee that it will be flat.
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that's lovely

needing planer and jointer, too much for me, I can't spare the money or the garage space. thx though
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Old 05-25-20, 03:35 PM
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Table saw, Check
Router, Check
Planer... oops
Jointer... oops
(wait, isn't a planer/jointer one tool?)

Apparently not...

But what would the Woodwright do?
https://www.pbs.org/woodwrightsshop/home/




Work area, Check
Oh well.

I have plenty of power too. Might just be cheaper to buy a new cutting board... considering the investment in tools required to build one.
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Old 05-26-20, 09:56 AM
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Certainly you wouldn't want tool up just for one board. But think of the money you could save on gifts long term, maybe even make some coin by selling them, plus with those tools you can make other things. If you want to ramp up woodworking as a hobby
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