Papaw’s Cutting Board

My grandfather was a Carpenter in his day, and I have a couple of things he made in his spare time. One of them being this really beautiful cutting board. I thought it had seen it’s better days, and decided to hang it instead of using it. (He made it in 1954 which is carved on the back) A company I used to work for had this great oil and cream for keeping cutting boards from drying out so much, so I bought them and began using them. The board has spaces that occurred as a result of the wood drying out, but the oil and cream have been helping. It needs a new coat, so I will do that now.

I used the oil first, then wiped off after 5 minutes. Then I used the board cream, which needs to be rubbed in by hand and allowed to set overnight. In the meantime, just look at the beautiful grain of the wood.

I have no idea what types of wood he used, but it’s just beautiful! I will post more pics after it has set for 24 hours so you can see how gorgeous it turns out.

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Ok, it’s done and hanging back on the wall:

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Keep in mind, this board is very old and neglected. The spaces in the center of the board should improve over time as long as I keep treating it. Giving the wood the much needed moisture will help tremendously. I will research online any other things I can do in the meantime to speed up the process, but for now, let’s just look at the beautiful pattern, wood and the overall gorgeousness of my Grandpa’s handiwork.

 

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