Cleaning wood cutting board

Joined Apr 5, 2020
I have made and cleaned many wooden cutting boards over the years. However, I recently made a large maple side / face grain cutting board that I have cleaned and re-oiled a few times. I cleaned it again the other day because it was getting a little smelly with all the extra use recently. And it’s tired a grey color. I’m not sure how to refresh the surface to be Iran natural bright maple surface again. Any advice welcome!

I’ve attached picture of the front and back of the board.

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Joined Oct 10, 2005
Your going to have to remove a layer of wood, either by sanding, scraping, or planing. Easiest thing to do is find someone with a thickness planer and have them remove 1/32- 1/16” from each side, you’ll have to hand sand the juice grooves though

Sanding the entire surface works too, but it is laborious, messy, time consuming and eats a lot of sandpaper.

For most furniture restorations this discolouring would be removed with oxolic acid or a two part wood bleach—neither of which are considerations for an item like a cutting board that comes in contact with food
Hope this helps
Joined May 1, 2021
How did you make with these woods? With what did you clean it? I want to buy it.
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Joined May 1, 2021
I'm a bit late to the party and I'm not sure if any of you are still active on here, but I'm going to share my experience with something similar. I'm sure you've found a solution until now, and I really want to hear it. However, in my case I needed using an orbital sander, because I knew I will need it to my future works, so I solved the problem very easily and quickly. When talking about wood, from my experience, it always needs to be sanded when you want to restore it, because it makes a great difference. I hope I gave an useful advice for others.
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