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post #31 of 33

"...explanation for the cracks is, it's a commercial meat block..."

 

So, when I buy commercial meat, (that  would be from a store, I guess) I should expect a few hibernating bacteria along with it?:o  I'm sure I do in fact get some, but see no reason to encourage them.

 

I assumed this place had been in business for some time: now I no longer understand why.

 

Need a smilie for <urrrk>

 

Mike

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post #32 of 33

I recently bought a very old and used butcher block from a butcher shop!  It was so worn out from years of cutting on it that I had to remove about 2 inches from the top in order to get it even.  This was done by using a router and multiple passes taking only about 1/8" off at each pass.  What I discovered was a few knots and a few blemishes which were not an issue when originally made.  How to fill the crevices and maintain food safety was my concern.  Titebond II Ultimate Wood Glue is approved by the FDA for food prep surfaces such as butcher blocks.  Maybe many applications will be required to entirely fill each gap but if you want to use it for food this is what I would do.  Good luck.  Before & after :) 

 

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I am in total agreement with most of the replies. This is a very costly, very defective board. The glue failure is an interesting twist. I suspect your board may have been manifactured from ahard maple with a high moisture content. (over 10 percent) In which case the boards overstressed the glue as they dried to ambient moisture causing joint failures. This condition should be reported and a Return Material Authorization should be requested along with return S+H instructions. The Manufacturer should pony up on the tab as well as send you your replacement board. There is nothing that can easily salvage unseasoned material that was machined to dimension and then hastily glued and shipped. When wood dries it warps. Once maple is dried it can be machined to size but not before.

Very respectfully, Arthur, C.O.B., A. Cooper Block Co.

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