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Dec 9, 2012 02:39 PM

Can this cutting board be saved?

I bought a bamboo cutting board and I just unwrapped it to give it a mineral oil treatment and I've already found two cracks in it!!
I was going to treat it to prevent this, but I think I'm already too late. Cracked right out of the package.
Is it only a matter of time before the crack takes over and I have to toss the board or can I save it somehow?

I unfortunately don't have access to any kind of saw bench or anything like that or I'd just try cutting the end off.

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  1. I would return it if at all possible, and get yourself a wood one. Bamboo is too hard to make a good cutting board that won't ruin your knives. It's like a glass or stone cutting board... way too hard.

    1. If it is new, then take it back to the store or contact the manufacturer. You should not have to repair a brand new cutting board.

      1. I don't think you can save-it save-it. In other words, you cannot really bring it back to its original condition. You can however continue to use it if the cracks are small. You fill the crack with filler.

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        1. re: Chemicalkinetics

          What kind of filler, like an epoxy? The cracks are really small at the moment, but I see it getting worse. I don't know what I'm doing wrong. I don't submerge them, I dry them well, but this is the second one it's happened too.
          (Don't think they'll take it back once opened. Silly, I know.

          1. re: Nocontact

            Some people use food safe epoxy. Others use parafilm. I like to use beeswax (the 100% natural one, without perfume..etc). Beeswax is food safe, and it can also be used for conditioning wood along with mineral oil.

            I can also see it can bigger, but we will never know. You may just be very unlucky.

            1. re: Chemicalkinetics

              I think that might be the case, or Kitchen Stuff Plus just sells garbage cutting boards. I'll try to find some bees wax. Hopefully that can stave off more damage.

        2. The first thing I would do is take the advice of juliejulez and return it if you can, then, I'd buy a real wood board and not bamboo, again for the same reasons as stated. It looks like these are just low quality cutting boards.

          Chem's suggestions will fill the crack but will not prevent the crack from advancing, so all the filler will do is keep food particles from getting in the cracks.

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          1. re: mikie

            Yeah, they won't take it back. And I also bought a wooden board and the same thing happened. I cut the piece off where it was cracking, worked on it with mineral oil, kept it dry and the same thing happened. I must be doing something really wrong. Or does this just happen to lower priced boards?

            1. re: Nocontact

              Do you know for sure they won't take it back or are you assuming? I can't imagine any store that wouldn't at least give you a store credit for a product that was defective from the time you opened it.

              I got my wood board at Ikea and it doesn't have cracks, and I have a smaller Kitchen-Aid brand one that I probably bought at Home Goods or the like and it has never cracked... and I live in a very very dry climate and have never oiled mine (although I probably should). So it's not a cheap board problem

              1. re: juliejulez

                The thing is that they have a 90 day exchange thing, but I bought the boards when they were on sale just to have them so I think the 90 days have passed. I'll still check. It's a bummer.