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Apr 22, 2012 05:27 PM

Boos cutting board with a big split/crack in it - Still OK to use?

I worked at a kitchen supply store for awhile, and they had a few Boos cutting boards in the back room, which had been returned by customers because they were flawed.

The one I got to take home has a fairly big split/crack on the edge, that goes into the board about 1 1/2 inches.

Is it still safe to use this cutting board? Or should I throw it away?

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  1. <The one I got to take home has a fairly big split/crack on the edge>

    Do you mean the split is coming horizontal? That would be very odd for an end grain cutting cutting board.

    <that goes into the board about 1 1/2 inches. >

    This is indeed very large and may get larger. You may try to seal the crack to see if this will halt the process.

    <Is it still safe to use this cutting board? Or should I throw it away?>

    You can give it a try. I don't see there is anything unsafe about using it at this point. You will know if the crack get too large to cause structural concern, but for now, you should able to use it.

    1. to echo CK it's safe, just unwieldy. if it's a crack along the grain (far more likely) that glues back up fast. Elmer's is non toxic, do consider snapping the whole sucker open into 2 pieces (for ease and as a preemptive measure) as a long-grain to long-grain glue-up is easy, just lay them on a clean surface (or waxed paper) 'butter' both edges with glue - doesn't need much as while any ooze can be sanded down it will always be visible - and tightly bind your frankenstein in masking tape at 2 or more cross points and let sit overnight at least if it's at all warped set a brick or a jug of water on top to keep it level. may not be pretty but a long grain crack is quite forgiving. I know wood, just don't ask me to shave 3/64" off a plank in the joiner.

      1. If it's split on the glue line or into the grain it might be repairable. If this is the case, it's probably because the wood shrank after Boos glued up the board, wood does more or less what it wants and it can create a lot of stress on a cutting board. If you have access to tools or know someone with a table saw you can saw it on the crack line and glue it back together. Do Not use Elmer's, it's not waterproof or even water resistant for that matter, use Tightbond III wood glue. Don't try to glue it and clamp it back together, it split for a reason and forcing it back will not work for long and would require a great deal of pressure. If you don't have access to tools, try filling the gap with 5 min. epoxy, it's water resistant and has gap filling, which Elmer's and Tightbond are not. The epoxy will fill the gap and keep all the food stufs you don't want in the split out.

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        1. re: mikie

          I stand down. but I do stick by the idea of cracking it further leaving a rougher set of surfaces than a saw would provide and therefore a tighter re-bond and no lost material. personally I've never had a problem with the waterproof qualities of glues once it's set up but then I never soak anything wood.

          just trying to keep it simple as the OP was considering chucking it altogether

          1. re: hill food

            We're all here to help, so if I understand correctly, the split would be something less exagerated than this )(. If some material doesn't come out of the middle, the same forces that pulled the end open in the first place will have their way with the board again. That's why I suggest cutting it in half to get two flat surfaces. That isn't a simple solution if one doen't have the proper tools and you are correct, the OP probably needs a simple solution, that's why I suggested the epoxy to just fill the crack.

            1. re: mikie

              maybe it's my personal aesthetic. I kind of like the way rigged Frankenstein solutions look. if it were mine I probably wouldn't do it "right" but rather purposefully make it look a little f*cked up. if the OP wants it to look slick then yes your path is the better one. most likely will still have to sand a little,

              what kind of epoxy do you like? I've had good results with JB Weld but that has GOT to be toxic (judging by the retro look of the packaging) but since it has to be manually mixed it's difficult to apply too much.

              1. re: hill food

                I say just fill the hole with beeswax. It is not toxic. People have been consuming it for centuries :P

                Alternatively, maybe the easiest solution is just buy a $20-$40 end grain cutting board from TJ Maxx or Home Goods.

                1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                  well yer no fun tonight... and ;P right back atcha :-)

                  1. re: hill food

                    :P :P :P

                    A glass cutting board is always an option. :P (not really)

                    1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                      <chuckling> oh go play with your knives. I hope you've let them get really dull (but then I know you never would)

                      personally I want to use a pile of old battered hardwood (collapsed shed c. 1910) I have and use it to make into one big butcher block counter-height table and not even worry about this stuff. wood's already messed up, no need to keep it pretty. although I suppose splinters might be an issue...