Mini Woodcraft

EXHIBIT: Sanded cutting board.

General Instructions:

  1. The purpose of this project is to help you learn how to sand properly. You will hand sand a pre-cut cutting board. You will also learn how to treat the board with oil so it can be used.
  2. You can purchase a cutting board at cost from the Extension Office. Several designs are available. Or, you can have someone cut a pattern of your choice.
  3. Raise the wood grain by wiping the cutting board with a damp rag. Let it dry for 24 hours, then sand the cutting board with sand paper. Start with 80 grit for the first sanding, and then finish bare wood with 120 grit. All wood surfaces should feel smooth, not fuzzy to the touch.
  4. To treat the wood, lightly apply mineral oil (from a drugstore) with a clean rag. Rub in. Allow to dry and repeat. Never use vegetable or cooking oils to treat a cutting surface as in time, these oils can become rancid.
  5. Do not put any paint, varnish, or stain on your cutting board.

After the fair, wash the cutting board with detergent and hot water so it is ready to use. Reapply oil occasionally to a clean cutting board.