It would seem that such a simple item as a cutting board… Why do we need them at all? Has anyone thought about this issue? Let’s try to figure it out together with Royal Craft Wood – our partner!
What are cutting boards for
Cutting boards are an invaluable tool for any chef or culinary enthusiast. They provide a flat, sturdy surface on which to prepare ingredients for cooking. This helps protect the countertop from being scratched, dented, and stained by a sharp knife or heavy pots and pans. It is also important to have a cutting board that is large enough to accommodate all of the ingredients you will be using in your meal.
Cutting boards are usually made of hardwood, plastic, or composite material, such as bamboo. This allows them to be strong and durable yet also easy to clean and maintain.
Using a cutting board is also much safer than preparing food directly on the countertop since there’s no risk of accidentally slicing into the surface with a sharp knife or other utensil. Furthermore, having a designated space for food preparation eliminates messes and makes cleaning up afterwards much easier and efficient — all you need to do is wipe down the cutting board!
In addition, certain ingredients like fruits or vegetables require special chopping techniques that might not be possible with just a knife — this where specialty kitchen tools like mandolins come into play; they offer precise cuts that cannot be achieved with manual chopping on their own; but having an appropriate cutting board enables them even further by providing additional space and stability while performing the task at hand.
How to make a wood cutting board
Making a cutting board may seem like an intimidating task, but with the right materials and tools, it can be an enjoyable and rewarding experience. To start the process how to make a cutting board, you’ll need to gather the necessary materials: wood, a saw, clamps, sandpaper, mineral oil or beeswax, and wood glue.
Once you have all the materials and supplies ready to go, begin by selecting the type of wood you’d like to use for your cutting board. Hardwoods are generally preferred due to their strength and durability; maple is often used as it’s easy to work with and does not require much upkeep. Choose pieces that are free of warping or any large knots; these will provide for a more even surface when put together in layers.
Next, cut each piece of wood into strips that are roughly six inches wide. Be sure to measure twice before cutting in order to ensure accuracy. Once all the strips have been cut from the boards, you can begin putting them together in alternating layers (for example: one strip with its grain running horizontally followed by one strip with its grain running vertically). This will create a checkerboard pattern in which each layer fits snugly against the other. Secure all layers together with clamps while gluing them together using wood glue; once dry, remove the clamps and lightly sand down all edges using sandpaper until they are smooth and flush against one another.
The next step is finishing your cutting board by sealing it with either mineral oil or beeswax – both of which help protect its integrity while simultaneously giving it an attractive sheen. To do this simply rub oil or wax over its surface using either a soft cloth or brush; do not forget to also oil/wax any crevices between each layer as well! Let this sit overnight before wiping off excess oil/wax with a clean cloth.
Your cutting board should now be ready for use! Be sure to take proper care of it in order to prolong its life: avoid washing with dish soap if possible as this can damage the sealant; instead wipe it down after each use with warm water then let air dry before storing away till next time! So, with the help of a few simple movements, we looked at the process of how to make a cutting board out of wood on our own.
For thorough cleaning every few months give it a deep cleanse with baking soda mixed into warm water before re-oiling/waxing as needed. With some love and effort your handcrafted cutting board should last for years!