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Thread: Cleaning a butcher block

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    Cleaning a butcher block

    I found a butcher block for free on craigslist. I got it and its pretty awesome, obviously a little sticky. the surface is relatively flat.

    What's the best way to go about cleaning it? its going to be used in my home.

    I'll put up pics later on!


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    I find a palm sander works pretty well.

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    straight blade works well...

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    Quote Originally Posted by wsfarrell View Post
    I find a palm sander works pretty well.
    Perhaps preceded by a wood scraper for the "little sticky".

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    Quote Originally Posted by add View Post
    Perhaps preceded by a wood scraper for the "little sticky".
    As long as the board is pretty darn flat to start with a card scrapper would work well.

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    slowtyper, send a PM to John Loftis

    Had a conversation with him last week about similar topic. He advised me NOT to sand the board down, says that its very easy to make the board uneven. says that sanding and plaining is the most difficult part about a cutting board.

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    Hmm thanks.

    there is a, manufacturer sticker on it still so I'll contact them for advice also

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    Got to agree on not sanding it down. The most I'd ever advise for a cutting board is to use a brown paper bag to smooth it out a bit if you feel like it needs it.

    Any pictures of it?

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    That is one sweet block! Congratulations!
    once in a while you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right

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    I actually scored a nice one as well at an antiques shop, $5 for a 22x22x2" board. It's a bit warped, and has a couple of small cracks on the surface. What should I do to try to level it? Mineral oil? My guess is it just dried out a bit...

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