Another benefit of owning a good quality hardwood cutting board is that it can be refinished and it’s easier than you might think. And, when you are finished it will be like new again.
As you cut on a wooden cutting board you will start to get small knife marks in them. They are harmless little scratches in reality, but after a few years of use you might decide that you want to remove them. This same technique would also work on a really old cutting board that you want to restore.
It’s easier than you think to turn
Wash the board really good and allow to dry for a day. You are going to want the board to clean and dry for the next step. I washed as much of the mineral oil off as I could to get it really dry. If my board was this dry I would have put some oil on it if I intended to cut on it.
Use 80 or 120 grit sanding paper to sand the surface of the board. It is faster if you have access to a random orbit sander, but sanding by hand will work just as well. Always sand with the grain and not across it. You don’t want to make more scratches since that is what you are trying to remove in the first place.
Use a damp cloth to remove the sawdust. You want to use a damp cloth and not a wet cloth. This will clean the board and also raise the grain on the board to give you a smooth finish.
Sand the board again with 220 grit sandpaper to remove any fine scratches from the previous sanding. Wipe off any dust again with a slightly damp cloth and allow board to dry completely.
The cutting board pictured in this demonstration is one of our own boards and was used daily for 2 years and didn’t really need to be refinished, but we wanted to show how easy it is.