Have you noticed that your wooden cutting board has gotten that not so fresh feeling? Well there's good news, it's easy to get it back to it's fresh off the workbench status. Take good care of your cutting boards and they'll take good care of you.
What you'll need:
Sandpaper: Start with 220 grit, 320 grit and 400 grit if your a badass.
Sanding block or random orbit sander: The random orbit sander is optional but can speed things up a bunch. If you don't have a electric sander use a piece of scrap wood to wrap your sandpaper around when sanding.
Mix of oil and wax: this is easy to make at home, check out my tutorial on this here.
1: Sanding: Start with 120 or 220 grit depending how much work your board needs. If you using a wooden block and sandpaper, wrap the paper around the block and sand in the direction of the grain. If using a random orbit sander just take care and move slowly. Move through the grits up to 320 or 400, take your time and wipe the board down with a dry cloth after each grit. This is the most important step, the better you do this step, the better the result.
2: Raise The Grain: After your last grit, spritz some water on both sides, just enough to moisten the wood, this will raise the grain and prevent that fuzziness later on down the line. After it's completely dry, lightly sand with your highest grit again, just enough to knock the fuzzies off.
3. Apply the oil/wax: Give your board one last wipe down with a dry cloth to get any dust off. Now with a clean cloth, apply the oil and wax mixture all over the board. (Homemade wood butter direction here) Let the finish absorb into the wood for 5 to 10 minutes and then wipe off the excess and buff to a shine. Repeat this process 1-3 times as you'd like.
Tip: Keep a jar of this oil/beeswax mixture in the kitchen and reapply once or twice a month.