I've just gotten most of the way through with a project that I've had in mind for a number of years, and finally got around to doing something about. The history behind the project: My grandfather owned and operated a creamery and butcher shop in Rock Hill, SC. He sold it sometime around the time I was born(my memories are of going in there when he no longer owned it, to get scraps to go slop his hogs with), and we ended up with a number of the things from the business: Milk cans, a Multi mixer milkshake mixer, and a butcher table top. The table top spent years propped up against the wall. I've finally gotten around to getting it put into service.
The recent thread on cutting boards prompted part of this, Salty's board held together with rods rather than glue. This board is made the same way, edge grain maple, no glue. At first it had a large bow in it, about 4 inches in the middle. Gravity and a bit of moisture has helped to take care of that.
Right before new years, a friend of my sister's gave me a desk to use as the base for the cutting board.
The first couple of pictures will show a bit of the dryness and dirtiness of the board. The board and the desk both got washed down with Murphy's Oil soap, and then wiped down with a heavy coat of warm mineral oil.
First side clean, halfway through its coat of oil: