Frequently Asked Questions

Coffee Tables

Are your tables smooth?

Yes, they are super smooth. When we start our building process the wood is rough, and can be pretty beat up, but during our milling process the hidden beauty of the wood is rediscovered. Our tables are sanded and finished very smooth so there are no splinters.

Are your tables water resistant?

Yes, we finish our tables so they are completely protected against spills, food, grease, even heat rings from coffee cups and soup bowls. I have two young daughters who have spilled about everything imaginable on our table and a simple cloth rag will clean up anything leaving the surface as good as new.

Do you make custom sizes?

Yes, we can make just about any size you’d want. Just let us know and we can give you a custom price quote.

Cutting Boards

Can I use a glass cutting board?

Only if you hate your knives. The hardness of glass will destroy an edge almost instantly. Might as well use a brick!

Can I use a plastic cutting board?

Plastic is much easier on the edges than glass but the deep cuts that remain make it difficult, if not impossible to clean and sanitize. However, their cheaper initial cost makes them easier to discard but they will last in a landfill almost forever.

How do I clean my cutting board?

Do not soak or submerge your cutting boards! Keep your hardwood cutting board clean by wiping off with a towel after use. We use a bench scraper to scrape down our butcher block and cutting boards after each use. This handy tool is fast and simple to use. We use a simple hot soapy towel to wipe down and then a dry towel to finish cleaning our cutting boards! If you want to sanitize the board more, quickly washing it with hot soapy water after each use and dry it with a clean paper towel or let it air dry. If you want to sanitize the board more thoroughly, a diluted mixture of chlorine bleach or vinegar solution consisting of one teaspoon of liquid chlorine bleach in one quart of water. Do not soak or submerge the board in water, for this will disrupt the moisture content and cause the rails to split. Wood cutting boards are not dishwasher safe.

How do I get rid of garlic and onion odors on my cutting board?

Lemon or lime juice with a little salt will go a long way to reducing odor. Sprinkle your cutting board with kosher or table salt. Cut a lemon or lime into quarters and use these quarters to rub the salt into the board, squeezing juice onto the board as you go. Let sit for 2 minutes and then wipe the cutting board clean with a damp cloth. Use a clean paper towel to remove excess water or let the board air dry by standing it on end. Reapply mystery oil or board cream.

How do I oil my cutting boards?

The oil you use for your wooden cutting boards and utensils should be food grade and not prone to rancidity. Mineral oil is an inexpensive and popular choice, and you can easily find bottles in most kitchen supply stores. Personally, I like to use a homemade mixture of beeswax and mineral oil, such as this one. There are also brand-name cutting board creams and oils available in kitchen supply stores.

Before you start, be sure your boards are very clean. I like to give them a scrub with lemon and salt, as shown in this method. The boards should also be dry before oiling, so be sure to build that into your timing. The oil should be left to soak in as long as possible, too. I try to apply the oil in the evening before bed and then just give them a quick wipe the next morning to take off any excess oil.

How do I sanitize the board?

After each use, wash with a quality dishwashing detergent and warm water. Wet the surface, apply the detergent and wash. Rinse thoroughly. (Do no leave hot water running over the surface for an extended period of time!) A solution of 1 tablespoon of Clorox to one quart of water is sufficient to sanitize. Spray on, let it sit and then rinse. Or, mix a 1 : 1 ratio of vinegar and water. Spray on, let it sit and then rinse. Or, coat the surface with salt overnight. The salt will absorb the moisture and kill the bacteria. Please read and refer to the use and care guide supplied with each board.

How do I store my cutting boards?

Store your wood cutting board flat most of the time. You can put them on end to dry if it is damp. Or if it is already dry, store flat in a dry area away from extreme hot or cold temperatures. Do not put in basement or garage as there are usually more extreme humidity and moisture or heat in these areas.

How To Maintain, and How Often?

Wooden cutting boards need to be kept clean and daily maintenance is often a good scrub with hot soapy water after using. Do not soak your boards or any other wooden utensils in water or they’ll crack and warp! Some people use a very weak bleach solution or hydrogen peroxide to clean their boards after they’ve been used for cutting raw meat as a precaution against bacterial contamination.

Depending on how often you use your boards and wooden spoons, you should also give them an oiling to help maintain their surface and keep them from drying out. In my house, this happens about once a month but I know some people who do it once or twice a year and others on a weekly basis.

Should I use two boards, one for raw meat and one for vegetables?

This is a popular idea. But proper sanitation and cleaning will reduce the chances for cross contamination. To be sure, cut the raw vegetables first then raw meats. Wash thoroughly and sanitize accordingly.

What is the advantage of end grain?

End grain boards are easier on the knife edges and will last much longer. When cutting, the edge goes between the wood fibers and those fibers aren’t severed. Long grain cutting boards, while they are much easier to make and much less expensive, will have their wood fibers severed as an edge cuts across. They will require resurfacing more often to rid the cutting surface of splinters.

Dining Tables

Are your tables smooth?

Yes, they are super smooth. When we start our building process the wood is rough, and can be pretty beat up, but during our milling process the hidden beauty of the wood is rediscovered. Our tables are sanded and finished very smooth so there are no splinters.

Are your tables water resistant?

Yes, we finish our tables so they are completely protected against spills, food, grease, even heat rings from coffee cups and soup bowls. I have two young daughters who have spilled about everything imaginable on our table and a simple cloth rag will clean up anything leaving the surface as good as new.

Do you make custom sizes?

Yes, we can make just about any size you’d want. Just let us know and we can give you a custom price quote.