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Think I need a new chopping board. Look at this sad picture.

I have one over size, one a plastic one and this piece of crap lol.

P.s. This board is not from ikea, but never ever buy one from there. The last one before literally fell apart in my hands.

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  1. A good sanding then mineral oil and back in business.

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    1. re: SanityRemoved


      I'm just in the process of sanding and oiling both.

      The first and largest purchased from IKEA for about $50 CAD - The booze in the background is for the amusement of some. The 2nd (end grain), uncertain where I purchased but I believe it was IKEA also. Still, both look great. They are around 15 years old.

      1. re: rosetown

        Ha ha ha. I finally see your Peking Ginger Brandy. Ha ha ha. Where is your single malt Scotch? (just kidding).

        Nice cutting boards.

        1. re: Chemicalkinetics

          Glad you were amused - the single malt is the one to the left - a 12 yr Cragganmore from Speyside. :)

          1. re: rosetown

            Oh yeah, now I see it (Cragganmore). Cool. Thanks.

            Hey, your first cutting board, the edge grain one, looks very shiny. Have you used it yet?

            1. re: Chemicalkinetics

              It's the first oiling after a good sanding. I'm still watching it absorb and might oil it a couple of more times. So no, it's not ready for use.

        2. re: rosetown

          Second pic is identical to mine, ikea I think I paid 15cad on sale for it

          1. re: Dave5440

            Good for you!!
            It's possible I paid similar, maybe a bit more, but still cheap. Even the 1st pic at a higher price, 25 lbs in weight ,more or less, was an absolute bargain. I was astonished at the quality of their boards, given the price point. I don't know if it's the same today as it was 15 years ago.

            1. re: rosetown

              Those are pretty inexpensive prices for such large cutting boards.

          2. re: rosetown

            reply to self:
            one more board - smaller - completely reconditioned and ready for use - again, I believe from IKEA

        3. I've had my ikea board for 15 yrs, not a single crack in it, but then again I don't see anything wrong with your board that a little work couldn't erase.

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          1. re: Dave5440

            My IKEA board is fine after three years of use.

            1. re: escondido123

              This is the first I hear so many positive statements about IKEA in such a short duration.

          2. ukjason,

            The photo of the cutting board does not look that bad, but it is possible that the photo is not representative. You can sand the cutting board as SanityRemoved have suggested.

            If you want a new cutting board, there are many good options. Some of the end grain cutting boards from discount stores (HomeGoods, Marshall, TJMaxx...) look very good to me. The rubber cutting boards are loved by many in the restaurant establishment. It is relatively gentle to knife edge. It is dense, and yet thin. It can be regenerated by sanding just like wood cutting boards.

            1. I agree with the other posts for sanding etc to bring it back. My favorite board is actually a 2 foot long butcher block counter top that someone rejected because of the grain (go figure.) I took it gladly and it's been "around the block" for over 30 years.

              Now that I think about it, wow I have been cooking for a very long time. Cool.

              1. This board cost me $10 if it gets wet it bows. Its cheep, too small and not worth the time to sand it/oil it .

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                  1. re: ukjason

                    I honestly think it could be a nice companion to your new knife. A little work and you can say it's "The best $10 I ever spent."

                    A new board will soak up quite a bit of food grade mineral oil. Mineral oil repeals water and creates a barrier against anything you cut on it. It also is a major factor in reducing bowing of the wood.

                    Using an open weave type shelf liner underneath can make it more stable even with a bow.

                    1. re: SanityRemoved

                      I've been thinking about your post regarding mineral oil reducing bowing in wood - I didn't know that. Certainly worth a try. Further, even if another board is purchased, it's always good to have another. And for me, it's a shame to throw something away without having tried a little bit of tender loving care.

                      1. re: rosetown

                        Boards, not just cutting boards, warp because of water absorption or moisture absorption that is not even from side to side. The fibers that are wet will expand more than the ones that are not as wet. Mineral oil penetrates the wood fibers and makes them less capable of absorbing moisture. In other words, the cells are full of mineral oil, which evaporates very slowly and can't pick up water, which evaporates rather quickly and is constantly moving the wood.

                    2. re: ukjason

                      "This board cost me $10 if it gets wet it bows. Its cheep, too small and not worth the time to sand it/oil it ."

                      Well, if it is warpped, then it is probably something you may want to replace.

                      On the other hand, don't underestimate a cutting board because it is cheap. A worthiness of a cutting board is not its tag price, but its performance. I have a relatively inexpensive cutting board, and so far it has been holding up quite well.


                      As I have mentioned, you can look for a reasonably priced end grain cutting board.

                          1. re: breadchick

                            Thank you, BCK. :D

                            I was really debating if I should get a slightly bigger one. The one in the photo is only 14" in diameter. A 15-16 inch one would have given me more space, but I also would have trouble fitting in my kitchen sink for washing.

                      1. Since I think this topic is exhausted and because I want to tell a story related to wood, mineral oil, and a limited budget:

                        I frequently visit Paris and am a guest at relatives. Three years ago, I was tasked to purchase and install a counter top with a 100 Euro budget.

                        This was in a spacious apartment built in 1905, with a tiny and not updated kitchen. They also had a washer and dryer in kitchen.

                        Picture this:
                        The tops of the washer and dryer were their food prep areas, as well as having spices,salt,sugar and knick knacks at the back of these appliances.
                        They wanted a counter 24 x 80 inches above the appliances. Hard to believe for a suburban North American.

                        About 10 block away, there was an urban version of Home Depot, called Castorama. It had countertops but they were too heavy to carry and delivery would eaten the budget. Still, they had light laminated boards, think beech wood, and could be hand carried by two, for 10 blocks. I started to search Paris,unsuccessfully, for mineral oil. A story in itself. Defeated, I purchased a food grade oil, which contained, I believe, drying and hardening agents, for 18 Euros. Man, that oil was expensive. Then, I purchased the cheap laminated board, plus 2 shelves from the same material and the appropriate brackets to hold the shelves.

                        I oiled the shelves and counter top 3 times allowing a lot of time for absorption and drying between coatings. The counter top sits on the washer and dryer without being attached to anything. It works well and came in under budget!! Having been a dumpster diver in my youth and times of need, helps when there is little or no money.

                        To this day, all is in excellent condition. Any soiling on the counter top wipes off easily.

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                          1. re: rosetown

                            I wish you had a picture of this, I can only imagine that it was a pretty cool set up when you were done!

                            1. re: rosetown

                              I picked up a 24 X 96 X 1.5 inch butcher block counter top in ikea last year for 90$ in the as is section , I still don't have a use for it yet but for 90$ I couldn't leave it.

                              1. re: Dave5440

                                Fix it up, and you can give it to someone as a Christmas present or a wedding gift.

                                1. re: Dave5440

                                  @Chem - tnx
                                  @ breadchick - I take a lot of photos - I wish I had before and after photos - but, alas :(, nothing
                                  @dav5540 - what a steal.

                                  Dumpster diving (circa 1979) among art students yielded a treasure trove of free material for art, and other things for utility. I found kitchen cabinets from a reno, 1/2 of a block from where I lived, a warehouse, with no facilities for living but cheap and well suited to making art - hell, it was against bylaws to live there. We had to hide at times to avoid municipal inspectors - a very exciting time!!

                              2. Here's a butcher's block for sale on craigslist that caught my eye the other day, it has seen some hard duty and it looks really cool.