|Project by Mary Anne||posted 05-04-2010 01:08 AM||1888 views||0 times favorited||14 comments|
I made this as a thank you for some folks who gave me some free wood and this is what they wanted. So, it is an end grain butcher block made of oak. Dimensions are about 18” x 12” x 1-5/8 thick. It started out thicker, but I had a few “learning experiences” during the glue-up. Mineral oil finish. I think I’ll get some rubber feet to attach to the bottom before I give it to them.
Interesting thing: Everyone advised me that oak is not recommended for cutting boards and butcher blocks. Because it is too porous, right? I had a heck of a time getting this one to soak up the mineral oil. I don’t know why, but I’ll call it a good thing and not worry about it. :) I will, however, also advise them about keeping it clean with soap and water and sanitary with an occasional spritz of 1/2 & 1/2 water and vinegar or a bleach dilution. But NO soaking! Have I got that right?
I was thinking of telling them it is ‘good luck’ to invite the maker of a butcher block over for the first meal it was used to prepare. Maybe that would be pushing my luck…
Many thanks to all who offered advice and encouragement on this project!