|Project by DaveTPilot||posted 12-03-2010 05:56 PM||1543 views||0 times favorited||9 comments|
I made these cutting boards for Christmas gifts this year. They represent a couple of design variations. The board with the knife and apple is the largest board I’ve ever made measuring 16 1/2” x 11 1/2” x 1 1/2”.
I make all of my boards 1 1/2” thick now. I feel that it gives the boards a more “butcher block” feel and the boards maintain their flatness better than the thinner boards.
The boards were finished with 3 coats of thinned salad bowl finish. The first two coats are applied liberally, allowing the finish to penetrate through the boards until it seeps out the bottom. This seals the board from the inside out, something that can’t be achieved with mineral oil alone. I sanded with 220 in between coats to avoid a finish build up. The last coat is applied very thin and then sanded with #000 steel wool. I then rinse the boards with water, dry them, apply a thin coat of mineral oil and buff them with a clean dish towel to a nice sheen.
My boards stand up very well to daily use. (My wife is an excellent chef and loves these boards.) I quick application of mineral oil every so often keeps the board looking great.
General Finishes Salad Bowl Finish
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