Chopping into a nice, thick end-grain board gives a baritone ring like the Dean Martin in a rendition of Volaire.” Perfection made into sound. Stand each one of the boards on its edge so that the wet side of one board is touching the dry side of the next board. If you must resort to cleaners, follow the directions on the container, be careful, use sparingly on the top and make sure all residue is sanded and washed clean before placing food on top!! The main thing about the sanding was to make the edges and corners look naturally worn and not machined. So that’s why I did the basic build on the vanity, and now I’m moving on to the countertop. For better food safety, sanitize washed cutting boards after using with raw meat, poultry, and seafood.
Even with regular oilings, it has developed a lightened circle near the center where the majority of cutting happens. Look at the comparison from one coat of oil/wax applied to the back board, with nothing applied to the front board. As far as dings and scratches go, I’ve always been one to use a cutting board, but had become slack since living in this house. We loved how our knives felt under the Shun Hinoki cutting board ($60), made of very forgiving Japanese cypress. For those who are handy, a small belt sander can do the job, start with coarse grain belt (110/150) followed by 220/280 and finally 320/380. Just about every foodie can picture what an old plastic cutting board looks like.
Made with beeswax and mineral oil, this homemade conditioning butter will keep cutting boards looking new. White towels do not contain other chemicals that could be imparted to the board when used. Make sure you put the cutting board somewhere that air circulates, so that it can dry completely,” Chapman says. I offer at this time a Board Butter which is more wax than oil and is applied like a paste wax over a mineral oil coating. Oftentimes, I could chop and gather several piles of ingredients on the board all at once.
Tung oil is the best way to make wood cutting boards, butcher-block countertops, wooden bowls, spoons, and knife handles look beautiful and last forever. Deep holes in top can be patched with a resin or plastic colored stick which is melted into the hole, scraped flat with a single edge razor blade and sanded with the grain. Now that I have been making them for some time I tend to buy better wood because I don’t mess up very often.
It’s worth noting that you should also sanitize your kitchen sponge/rag/brush after you’ve used it to scrub the chicken-juice off your cutting board – or else you run the risk of contaminating the next thing you wash (which is the exact opposite of what you’re trying to do). I do this mainly with the board reserved for raw meats as salt helps draw moisture and bacteria out of the porous wood grain, but I’ll do it to my vegetable boards, too, whenever I use extra water to clean them or if the oil and cream have worn thin but I hadn’t had time to re-oil and condition.
Water sits on top of the surface and, much worse, gets on the end grain next to the sink or underneath it. When it comes to average life of plastic and wooden cutting boards, hardwood wins without question. If you’ve noticed your block has absorbed the oil rather quickly, apply another coat to achieve proper coverage. Before you start glueing, mix up a paste of glue and very dry sawdust(sanding dust from the wood (dry on a radiator) as a very fine paste, and keep handy, it should be as thick as you can make it, like wet toothpaste.
I REALLY enjoyed this instructable and am now trying my hand with making an end-grain cutting board!! For some this will mean butcher block, although wood has those maintenance issues I noted above. I have 6 types of hard wood going into it to make a beautiful pattern starting with a star in the center made out of pear wood. October 2, 2014: Setting this guide to wait status while we investigate some recent bad reviews of our wooden board pick. Butchers needed a block that was stable ensuring that the block would not move as large pieces of meat were placed on the block.
Regular maintenance of your butcher block will ensure it will be beautiful for generations to come. Wipe all of the excess glue, both on the cutting board and your workstation, with a damp rag. The juice groove on the 15- by 21-inch board holds roughly 9 tablespoons of liquid, about twice as much as the Prepworks’s groove. The traditional butcher block has it’s end grain oriented up, and this makes for one solid cutting surface. Combine your new butcher block with some colorful paint on the walls, and you are well on your way to having a warm, livable kitchen.
I’d love to buy a quality end grain piece, but cost is always a problem for me. I think I’ll just have to keep my eye out at yard sales and flea markets. We tried out three Enviroboard antimicrobial mats ($25 for three), color-coded for chicken, fish, and vegetable cutting. After cutting garlic, zucchini, squash, bok choy, and broccoli, it smells a little food-y,” one Sweethome writer said. So I was left with corners that needed quite a bit of sanding and finishing in order to make them look nice. Wax is not necessary when using drying oils, such as linseed or tung, but it will give a beautiful glossy finish to your board.
Woods with open grain, such as oak or ash, can allow bacteria to collect in the openings, making the board hard to keep clean. Plastic and silicone boards also come in colors, which is appealing for anyone who wants to designate one board for meat and poultry and a different one for other foods. A groove near the board’s edges not only collects juices from roasts, ripe tomatoes, and such, but also can stop stray bits before they tumble off the board. Place a mark on the router table where the left side of the core box bit will make first contact with the wood. Any end grain is darker than the long surfaces on wood, simply because it is more porous.
Remove cap, let dry, and lightly sand with fine grit paper with the grain to remove raised grain and scratches. We also tested a 15- by 10-inch board from The Adventuresome Kitchen ($30), a family business. This versatile board will become a staple in your kitchen for daily use, but is also suitable for serving that beautiful roast. Keep your wooden or plastic cutting board cleaner by occasionally scrubbing it with a paste made from 1 tablespoon each baking soda, salt, and water. Since a cutting board is in frequent contact with water and other liquids, it is more prone to warping than many other wooden items that have similar construction methods (i.e. most table tops).
Sanding the wood to remove scratches and stains has also raised the grain and left the wood dry so to ensure you replace all the lost oils and then some, apply even more conditioner than you may think is needed. This makes no sense to me as it’s an inferior cutting surface (how can it not be?) and adds to our landfills. Finish the cutting board using either General Finishes’ Salad Bowl Finish or Butcher Block Oil To apply Butcher Block Oil simply flood the surface, allow the oil to penetrate, then wipe off the excess. I think its safe to say this is the video that launched a thousand cutting boards!
These are channels cut into the surface of the board that collect the juice of meat. This is fantastic, and just that bit more elegant than simple, everyday butcher block. Use cookie cutters for additional shapes, trace around the outline and draw a grid on the paper, when making a pattern try not to have sharp inside corners, they are hard to clean.
We traced the Masonite onto the butcher block and cut the angle with a circular saw and then a router to make sure the cutting edge was made at a perfect 45˚ angle to help it fit snugly against the adjacent piece of butcher block. As the oil soaks in, add more and continue rubbing and polishing with the grain until the oil is absorbed. More durable than regular cutting boards, these end-grain boards look beautiful on your countertop.
You can choose your own woods or purchase this Cutting Board Kit below which includes enough exotic and domestic hardwood to complete a custom cutting board approximately 11-3/4″ x 12″ x 1-1/2″. You need a good-quality cutting board or piece of butcher block with beveled or finished edges. The refuse is then leached and composted at Build It Green’s BIGNYC composting project in Queens. As a last resort, mix equal parts water and bleach and apply to the block using a sponge or rag.
You really make it appear so easy with your presentation but I in finding this matter to be really one thing that I feel I might never understand. Align the front edge of the cutting board with saw teeth, but not touching the blade. After each use, wash, then thoroughly dry your cutting board and apply a fresh coat of board conditioner. Teakhaus cutting boards are pretty enough for company, and the built in juice canal on many of the boards keep potential messes off the tablecloth. A face grain board is the cheapest to make and buy but has a very high degree of warping and splitting over time.
If the intended use of the surface is to prepare and cut food, an oil finish is the only option, as varnished tops cannot be cut on. There are both pros and cons to an oil finished butcher block. With Sj WoodWorks DIY Cutting Board Kit, you can purchase several small species of both domestic and exotic hardwoods, all FSC certified, and already cut to a perfect size for your cutting board project. Cost: A durable and anti-bacterial polypropylene 12-by-16-inch board can cost about $20.
Some other advanced options would be to route the edges with a round-over bit, inlay a design or accent strip in the butcher block, and more. The thickness was important for the longevity of the block and also for the stability the mass provided. A citrus solvent will have the benefit of giving a nice smell to the mix during the application, while eliminating any petroleum-based material to be used on your board and minimize environmental impacts.