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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.

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  1. 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.

      1. re: petek

        I recently bought a board from Dave at The Boardsmith. This thing is as smooth as glass. No splinters here.

      2. assuming you might keep it, I don't see why you couldn't just sand it with fine sandpaper.

        1. What brand was the board you purchased?

          1. 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.