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What's in your cupboard?

As I've mentioned before, I love making cutting boards. I am now approaching 50 boards...every one different, every one unique. And I can't wait to do more.

Every home deserves a good quality wooden cutting board. Not only are they a pleasure to cut on, wood is actually the safest choice for your family. Hardwood has naturally-occuring anti-microbial properties that kill germs on contact. With proper care, a quality wood board will last a lifetime.

If you don't have a good board, I would love to sell you one. If you do, then I'm about to do my small business a disservice here and tell you to take good care of it! Keep it oiled with a food safe finish, never soak it in water and NEVER put it in the dishwasher.

And if you have a good board that's seen lots of love, and it's looking fairly beat up, cut up or even slightly on the nasty side, consider a restoration to bring it back to life. Here's the disservice part...I'm going to tell you how.

First, sand it down. Start with 80 grit sandpaper on a random orbit sander, and sand until most or all of the knife marks are gone. Then sand again at 100 grit. Then again at 150, and again at 220. At 220, stop sanding and wipe water on the board. This will raise the little wood fibers. Now sand your board again at 220 to make it really smooth. Now a final sand at 320 and you're ready to apply your finish. I use a combination beeswax/mineral oil mix that is totally organic and food safe. Your board should look almost good as new.

Don't feel like doing that? Let me do it for you. Shoot me a message - unless that board is badly cracked or damaged, I can bring it back to life. And do it for a third of the cost of a new board. Because I never want to see a good wood product go to waste...even if it means I can't sell you a new one.

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