Butcher block is a must have kitchen tool in your house. Its function as the cutting board make it play important role to cut the food ingredients. A good butcher block does not show the knife marks and endure for years to come. Instead of buying one,you’d better make it by yourself. You can ensure the right thickness, the good material, and the durability. You can follow these instructions below on how to make a butcher block cutting board simply.
First, you need to prepare the hardwood which you will use for the butcher block. Basically, all kind of woods can be made into a butcher block, but make sure to find one which is not easily cracked and thick enough to keep its durability. Lumber which work well is like maple, walnut, oak, and many others. Cut the lumber into some strips, each with the same length and width that you have decided before. Make sure that the thickness is at least two inches in the measurement. Then, glue them one another using waterproof glue and attach them tightly using clamps.
Clean the squeezing glue with a clean cloth and let it dry for a night. After it is completely dry, remove the clamps and make it into a rectangle by cutting the uneven strips. You may also make it into another shape, but rectangle is the most common one that people have. By using sand paper, smooth the board on both sides and wipe using damp rag. You can also use electric sander, if you have one, to ease your work. For the final step on how to make a butcher block is by pouring mineral oil on the block and let it soak for overnight. The mineral oil will prevent the board from drying out and cracking.
One important thing you should know on how to make a butcher block cutting board is by choosing the right wood that gives no contribution to the flavor of the food being cut or processed on it.
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