How Do You Resurface a Cutting Board?

How Do You Resurface a Cutting Board?

Resurface a cutting board to restore its beauty and functionality. The process requires allowing the cutting board to dry overnight after applying the mineral oil and beeswax conditioning coat, and a second night of drying is necessary after applying the topcoat. The task requires beeswax, mineral oil, soft towels, sandpaper and a sanding block or electric sander.

  1. Clean the surface

    Use a mild solution of dishwashing detergent and water to clean the surface of the cutting board. Rinse it with water and air dry.

  2. Sand the cutting board

    Use 50-grit sandpaper and a sanding block to sand the surface of the cutting board. For larger cutting boards, use a small electric sander to reduce the labor required. Buff out any cuts or scratches, and restore the natural color of the wood. Use 100-grit sandpaper to remove any scratches from the previous sanding and to create a smooth surface. Wipe the cutting board with a painter's tack rag or other lint free cloth.

  3. Condition the board with mineral oil and beeswax

    Add 1/2 teaspoon of beeswax shavings to 1 cup of mineral oil. Microwave the mixture to melt the wax. Allow the mixture to cool, and apply it to the board using a soft cloth. Continue applying this mixture until the cutting board stops absorbing it. Allow the wood to dry overnight.

  4. Wax the surface

    Apply beeswax to the surface of the cutting board using a soft towel. Buff the topcoat using clean sections of the towel. After the wax dries overnight, use a clean towel to polish the surface to a shine.