How to Make a Wooden Bread Board


Wooden boards have long been used for slicing and serving bread because the wood does not dull the slicing knife. Bread boards are usually made from maple, birch, basswood or beech lumber, as these woods are not as porous as other types, such as oak. Bread boards come in a variety of sizes and making your own can save you money. A trip to your lumberyard will allow you to purchase what you need.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 by 8 lumber, 8 to 10 inches long
  • Clean rags
  • Mineral spirits
  • Hand sander
  • 200 and 400 grit sandpaper
  • Mineral oil
  • Beeswax
  • Select a flat 1 by 8 piece of lumber that is at least 10 inches long. The board can be wider than 8 inches, if you can find one at the lumberyard.

  • Wet a clean rag thoroughly with mineral spirits and wipe both sides of the board to clean the board of any dirt and debris.

  • Load a hand-sander with 200 grit sandpaper and evenly sand both sides of the board. Wipe with a fresh, wet cloth to remove the sanding dust.

  • Load the sander with 400 grit sandpaper and repeat the process.

  • Dip a clean rag into mineral oil and wipe the entire surface of the board. Repeat this process, 3 to 4 times, as the oil is absorbed into the wood.

  • Apply softened beeswax evenly over the surfaces of the board. Allow to dry, apply a second coat and allow to dry. The bread board is now ready to use.

Tips & Warnings

  • Most lumberyards will cut boards into the desired lengths if you ask.
  • You can use wider boards if you can find them.
  • If you glue two boards together to make a wide bread board, ensure you are using glue that has been FDA approved for food surfaces.

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