How To: Bring your old chopping board back to life

Everyone's got a wooden chopping board that's served them well. But if water is soaking into the surface, imagine what else is soaking in, and staying in! So to help protect from water penetration, and bring your old board back to life, follow this simple how to guide.



Before you start:

You'll need:

Feast Watson Kitchen Timber Oil


Fine grit sandpaper



Timber Preparation:

Your old chopping board might have some scratches and splinters on surface. Lightly sanding will remove these and provide a smooth surface for Kitchen Timber Oil to penetrate into evenly.

Remove the sanding dust with a rag. Some dust may remain in the scratches. Don't worry too much about this residual dust, it will either be removed once Kitchen Timber Oil is applied and wiped off, or simply make the surface smoother when finished by filling in the scratches.





Prepare: Kitchen Timber Oil

Feast Watson Kitchen Timber Oil needs to be stirred or lightly shaken before application. Because we're applying with a rag, shaking is OK, we're not worried about any bubbles being left behind by a brush.


Application Technique

  1. Using a rag, apply Kitchen Timber Oil generously to the surface of the chopping board. 
  2. Wipe evenly over the surface.
  3. It will soak in, so keep wiping and working it into the surface.
  4. Leave your chopping board for 45 minutes to let the oil penetrate into the surface.
  5. After 45 minutes, wipe off excess oil with a clean rag. It's really important to wipe off the excess and not just leave it on the surface. If the excess was left on the surface it will remain tacky. So always wipe!
  6. Repeat the process 2-3 more times. If you think more oil will soak into the board, you can keep applying as many times as you want.


Curing and Ready Time

Always leave Kitchen Timber Oil for 24 hours before using your chopping board again.

It's important that all the solvents or odour from Kitchen Timber Oil have evaporated before you start using the chopping board again.


Nut Allergies?

Kitchen Timber Oil is Tung Nut Oil based. This means that if anyone in your family is sensitive to nuts and has allergies to them, we'd strongly recommend using Feast Watson Orange Oil following the same process as above.


  1. If you notice water soaking into your chopping board after some time has passed, simply repeat the above process as needed.
  2. The more oil you can get into the chopping board, the longer it will protect the surface, and not soak anything else in.