A few years ago, a friend of mine gave me a beautiful cutting board that he made. I use this board multiple times a day. The top is now in really poor shape after so much use. I wanted to restore the beauty of the wood, and bring it back its luster! It is made from a bamboo body with walnut edges. I decided to refinish my cutting board, which was extremely easy to do Now, my board has a beautiful surface once again!, It is hygienically restored as well. Although the board was cleaned and sanitized after each use, wood cutting boards tend to host bacteria. Refinishing the surface is one of the only definite ways to rid it of such contaminates. So now I am ready to whip this board out and cut up some yummy foods!
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Here’s what you need:
- A sheet coarse sandpaper 60-120 (The lower the number, the more coarse it is.)
- A sheet of 220 grit sandpaper
- A block to wrap your sand paper around (sanding block)
- rags to dust off the board
- a dust mask if you don’t want to breathe in the dust
- Butcher Block and Cutting Board Oil (You must use a food-grade oil. Other oils contain contaminants that can be harmful. You can find them HERE)
Here’s what you do:
- Wrap a sheet of 60-120 grit sandpaper around a block of wood. This allows you to sand more evenly than using the paper alone. I use gloves so my hands don’t get scratched. Sand WITH the grain of the wood so you don’t scratch the wood. Sand until you don’t see any more scratches or cuts on the surface.
- Use a rag to clean the sand debris off.
- Sand your cutting board with a 220 grit sheet sandpaper. 220 grit paper is very fine and will make the surface of the cutting board smooth. Once again, clean all the dust and particles from the wood with a rag.
- Wash the sanded board in hot, soapy water. Allow to dry completely.
- Once the board has completely dried, rub it with Butcher Block and Cutting Board Oil. This is a special, food grade mineral oil, that will seal the wood and bring out the natural colors. Let the oil soak in and repeat, until the wood cannot absorb any more oil! Use a rag to wipe and buff the board between applying the oil.
Enjoy your clean, smooth, refinished cutting board!
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