Cutting boards can be expensive, so it’s always annoying when those inevitable little cracks show up. But you can fill them pretty easily with some wood glue and sandpaper.
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You don’t want to live with those cracks, because, as The Kitchn explains, they’re prime real estate for bacteria. They offer a simple way to fix small cracks. All you really need is sandpaper, mineral oil and a food-safe wood glue, such as Titebond III Ultimate Wood Glue.
To get the glue deep into the cracked wood, you can use a plastic syringe to apply it, effectively pushing the glue into the fissure. Use a little extra — any glue that’s beaded up on the surface of the board can be sanded away once it’s dry. Titebond III will be fully dry after 24 hours — read the label carefully to follow the drying instructions for whatever brand you’ve used. Use an extra-fine grit sandpaper — you’ll want to sand away in gentle, small circles — just until the filled seam is level with the board.
Safety first: Wear goggles and a mask while you’re sanding to avoid getting any wood dust in your eyes and lungs. Overall, it’s a simple process that doesn’t take much time. For more detail, or to see how to fix a larger butcher block, click the link below.