Sunday, November 22, 2009

Let's get this finished...

Now that Dad (aka Handyman Extraordinaire) has routed and sanded and glued my new over-sink cutting board, we need to finish the board. Clearly varnish would be bad -- no one wants to eat varnish. So to finish the cutting board, we decided the best course of action would be to mix mineral oil with beeswax. The cast of characters:

In a glass bowl, (obviously plastic would be a bad choice,) we poured out a little bit of oil and then shaved the wax into the oil using half of an old pair of scissors because we didn't want to gunk anything else up. (I actually did most of the shaving, but I photographed dad doing it).

I put the whole business in the microwave (it took a surprisingly long time to melt -- like three minutes) and stirred it up. Here is the finished solution:

With a clean rag I wiped the waxy oil onto the board and let it soak in. The colors of the wood really started to pop.

Here Dad, Madame Secretary and I are with the cutting board. Mom took the photo.

And here it is on the boat! Ahh, counter space! Check back for another post on using the board...


  1. Wow, that is one drop-dead gorgeous cutting board

  2. I officially have cutting board envy.