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Restoring A Board   6 comments

Mr-Ms-Logo---LargeIt’s January, when everything feels new. Well, except for those scratched-up cutting boards that need help recovering from those holiday fĂȘtes.

Once a year, I restore Mrs M’s cutting board to pristine condition. This year, I got 2 other boards from the family. The pictures below show the results, which, quite frankly, are easily attained. Here’s what I do:

  1. Clean the board to get as much oil & such off of it. That will make the sanding easier.
  2. Remove the non-skid rubber feet so you don’t have to sand around them.
  3. If the board has any cracks (as one of these boards did), then those have to be cut apart and re-glued before sanding begins. Cracks are not good on a cutting board; they will harbor bits of food and bacteria.
  4. Use a random orbital sander to sand each board through 5 grits (just as I do with new boards): 80, 120, 180, 220, 320. The oily, damaged wood that you’re removing will clog up the sanding disk rather quickly but that’s OK: you only need about 1 minute per grit per board.
  5. Honest.
  6. Saturate the smooth board with mineral oil. I typically apply about 3 or 4 coats; one every couple of hours. I always let it soak overnight, and then apply one more coat of mineral oil in the morning.
  7. After the oil has soaked in, apply a top coat of board butter, and then remove the excess.
  8. You’re done … in about 24 hours, start to finish.

Here’s a photo gallery that shows all of the boards, the damage that they came to the shop with, and the result of my restoration. Click on the photos to open them and read the photo captions, if you’re unable to see them automatically on your screen.


Cutting Boards: Restoration

Cutting Boards: Restoration   9 comments

It’s important to understand the essence of what an object is. Why does an object exist? What is it for?

What’s a cutting board?

Literally, a place to cut. A thing to protect that which you don’t want to cut. You cut on the cutting board so you don’t cut on the counter. So your knife does not become dull.

The board exists to be cut upon.

That’s not a bad thing … it’s the essence of the cutting board. Be happy for the board when you cut on it: it is serving its purpose. It’s keeping your knives sharp. It’s protecting your counter.

In this particular case, 2 cutting boards were given as presents 3 months ago, and both came to me for restoration. What can be done?
I can fix some of the damage that had been done to the boards … but I will not forget why the boards exist. After I restore them, they will be cut upon again. And that’s a good thing.


Posted April 1, 2014 by henrymowry in Woodworking

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