Rubin Johnson, Woodworker

Winter 2021 Cuttings Boards

In response to customer demand (e.g. friends and family), I've been building turkey-sized cutting boards. The first four are constructed from cherry and walnut and are 16x20 inches and about 1 1/2 inches thick.

Hand-crafted Cuttings Boards

Building a few dozen cutting boards in a few months was a focused learning experience. Getting more comfortable with the wood was key, especially understanding how flat and clean wood must be for effective gapless bonding. Learning to joint surfaces flat and plane edges is fun when properly prepared woods seems almost magnetic. I'll be making another batch later this year.

Maintaining your hand-crafted cutting board

My cutting boards and cheese boards are made from tight-grained hardwoods: maple, walnut, beech, cherry, and purple heart. It was finished (seasoned) with food grade mineral oil and a conditioner containing beeswax. The goal of the oil is to penetrate the wood and saturate the fibers to stop any other liquids or moisture from soaking into the board. Here's how to maintain your board to keep it sanitary, to extend its life, and to maintain its appearance.

Proper cleaning and washing

What to do

What NOT to do

Conditioning Your Board

Keep your board conditioned using food grade mineral oil and beeswax. The oil penetrates the wood and the wax acts as a physical barrier to protect against stains and fills in microscoptic cracks and knife scars.

Some cutting board makers recommend conditioning a board everyday for a week; once a week for a month; once a month for a year; and then, as needed.

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