Fun and functional design is easy to cut
Cutting boards are fun and easy to produce, make practical gifts, and sell well at craft shows. This classic pig design requires only one inside cut, making it ideal for beginners.
There are many advantages to a wooden cutting board. Ceramic and glass cutting boards dull your knives. Plastic cutting boards develop grooves from use and become hard to clean. It is a common myth that wooden cutting boards harbor bacteria. In fact, researchers discovered after normal use and manual cleaning, more bacteria is found on a plastic surface than a wood surface.
I use Eastern hard (rock) maple because it is a beautiful light wood that finishes well. Fruitwoods, such as cherry, beech, or walnut, will also work. I do not recommend oak since it contains tannin and can add a bitter taste to food. Avoid softwoods, such as fir, hemlock, spruce, or pine. Softwoods will not hold up to prolonged use as well as harder woods. Choose a piece of hardwood that is free of knots or splits.
According to many experts, every finish is food-safe after it fully cures. If you have concerns about the safety of a finish, you have several options:
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