I really researched how to do these before I started building it, simply because hard woods are much more expensive than say, pine and if you make a mistake, you are out more money because you have to replace the lumber. Mineral oil penetrates the block, thus sealing the pores of the wood, inhibiting moisture penetration and extending the life of the block. I’ve read all of your posts on cutting boards, ad I’ve decided it is time to replace my admittedly gross white plastic boards. Negative reviews address two main concerns: counter slipping, when the board is used with only its rubber feet and no towel underneath, and knife scarring.
Our OXO board also bent more than we would have liked through two years of use, despite never going into the dishwasher. A mild scrub might keep your block aesthetically pleasing, but sanitation is of utmost concern. I have a friend who has an authentic butcher’s cutting block; it weighs about 500 pounds and sits on its original wood legs. I did not see anything that addressed the finish of the board and I definitely would never use a varnish of any kind.
This technique is also useful for combating odors like garlic and onion that take residence in your cutting board. For the two end pieces, I suggest to add glue to both sides of the strips to ensure a solid joint. The trouble with this method is the potential for wax to build up in some spots, but that’s not a catastrophe, because it can be scraped away after setting. That slight bend somewhat negated the rubberized feet, as not all four make firm contact with the counter. I can’t believe that chopping boards have different properties depending on the grain of the wood.
The only benefit being if you are on their payroll,which would however make you shamefully demoralized to stoop that low or desperate to have to sell your soul like that. WARNING – Whatever the stain, try sanding with (100+ grit, fine grit) the grain first since your top is tough and chances are the stain doesn’t go very deep because of the close grain. Keep your thumb on the lower left corner of the board and always keep your hands behind the blade. Using a soft rag, evenly distribute a generous amount of oil onto the surface of your butcher block.
Although the Food and Drug Administration has long recommended plastic cutting boards, based on the observation that it not as hard to clean plastic as porous wood, new information shows that wood cutting boards are actually safer than the plastic or so-called anti-bacterial kind. Because we’re making a edge grain board, that means that my board will be 1.5″ thick.
For non-decorative cutting boards you want to stick to wood with a tight grain from a tree that also produces edible nuts or sap. Whatever you use, make sure it is intended for food (Linseed Oil is a common woodworking finish, and not all versions are intended for use with food). The hexagonal shapes make alignment and clamping difficult, the sheer size and weight of the assembly makes shifting individual pieces tough, and the limited open time of the glue meant I had to work quickly to get it all together.
I don’t know why anyone with any ambition towards DIY wouldn’t make their own counter. But yes, there is a seam there and also on the edge on the end of the counter as well. This board is expensive for plastic and isn’t quite as pleasant to cut on as the Prepworks, but it comes in larger sizes than our primary pick and looks a tad nicer. This is quite different than damage to plastic cutting boards, which cannot be undone and typically gets worse over time. To cut the finger grip, steady the board on the right corner, slightly tilted up so that the two beginning left pencil mark on the cutting board edge down onto the bit.
After having waited for the recommended drying period, touch the surface to make sure it’s dry before going forward. Using a scrub brush, thoroughly scrub your butcher block with the lemon-salt paste. Once such example of end grain construction is the Catskill Craftsmen Super Slab pictured above – a very nicely made four inch maple end grain block for a relatively low price and with very positive reviews at Amazon. Its cutting surface is louder in use than the Prepworks’, and it is a bit tougher on knife blades.
NOTE: If you make several boards at once and one gets smooth before the others, flip the smooth one over and run it through once (to get excess glue off) before you put all of them through a rotation cycle. I tried to do this on my thin boards at home, and they slid around on the counter, making it hard to get a grip, literally. Basic takeaway, butcher block cost more because the materials, and subsequently the performance, are superior.