Fine splinters on new cutting board?
I haven't bought a nice wood cutting board before and finally found my dream one over the weekend. It's HUGE. Been looking for this dream board for a few years now.
Got it yesterday morning and took it home and unwrapped it, washed it with a new clean sponge and it kept sticking to the board. Rinsed the board with same clean sponge, and dried it with a towel. Towel kept getting stuck as well.
I realized that there are thousands of fine hair like splinters all over the board. They are covering the entire board. I can't use the board at all and I am not about the sand down a brand new board.
I called the store I bought it from and was told that I can return it which I said that I couldn't do until next weekend. In the mean time I wanted to ask everyone if splinters on a new board are common? Does it seem like this is just a fluke? I should return the board and get my money back or should I consider replacing the board instead with another of the same item?
The board that I found is 30 inches by 20 inches and 1.5 inches thick so if anyone has a good recommendation for a board this size i would appreciate it. I do want a wood one.
Never heard of that problem in a new board. Return it. There are so many great choices out there. Whatever you get, remember to hit it with mineral oil -- once a day for seven days, once a week for four weeks, then once or twice a year should do it.
Alice, it just sounds like you raised the grain with the water when you washed it. A light sanding with 200 grit paper and 2 minutes of your time should solve this; it's not going to decrease the life of your board in the slightest, and don't use anything with power. After that oil it.