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+1 with Sawdustfactory, white oak is rather porous for cutting board, especially end grain. Red oak is even worse.

This is magnified end grain from Phind's excellent site.


Note the small holes, these are the open pores characteristic to white oak and some other species.

These have the potential for small food particles to be trapped.

Good learning experience.

Good luck with the hand held belt sander. I do not have good luck trying to get a surface flat with a belt sander.
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