New Cutting Board: Adding Feet

So Kohl’s sent Mary a killer deal coupon and we bought some odds and ends, including a new cutting board to replace the decades-old one that I’ve been flycutting clean every few years. Evidently bamboo is the new Right Stuff for cutting boards; it’s certainly eyeshattering.

The thing spent the last few days soaking up a slathering of canola oil, in the hope it won’t soak up other juices.

Recess for cutting board foot
Recess for cutting board foot

The instructions say to store the board standing on end so it dries properly. Evidently you’re supposed to hang it from the ring screwed into one end, but a corresponding hook (not supplied) just doesn’t doesn’t have a place on our counter / cabinet / backsplash. However, we could stand it up, leaning against an under-cabinet shelf next to the toaster oven, if only it wouldn’t slide away.

This calls for some aftermarket tweakage!

So I hauled it to the Basement Laboratory Woodworking Wing and installed a pair of silicone rubber feet in little recesses.

I grabbed a 7/16-inch end-cutting end mill in the drill press, because even the manual mill doesn’t have enough height for the board on end and the drill press doesn’t have enough reach for a Forstner bit without fiddling around with the emergency drop stopper clamp. The drill press does have a good vise and an XY table, so I got it pretty close to dead center on the third dark stripe from each edge.

The feet are about 1/4 inch tall: I went down half that in the hopes they wouldn’t bump off quite so easily.

Silicone foot in cutting board
Silicone foot in cutting board

But that didn’t quite work: the adhesive on the feet doesn’t grip the rather porous endgrain bamboo nearly well enough: a foot popped off after a day. I added a layer of Genuine 3M double-stick foam tape to the feet and that’s holding just fine.

3 thoughts on “New Cutting Board: Adding Feet

  1. Great idea. The single thing that will preserve wooden chopping boards against water damage and detergent or soap damage is to soak them in olive oil from time to time. Just lay the board in a baking tray, or on a serving tray, and drip olive oil on it, then scrape the oil over it with the back of a knife to cover the entire top surface of the board with a film of oil. Leave it for 24 hours or so until the oil soaks in. Then do the other side. the wipe some into the edges of the board with a cloth.


    1. That’s about my technique, although I do the cutting board flat on a butcher-block countertop that should get more attention than it does: the runoff counts as a benefit!

      We don’t actually use the countertop as a cutting board, as there’s no way to actually wash it clean. But it’s nice having a big surface that I can cut on with impunity.

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