So just when you think the sanding is done…more sanding.
I am almost there with my first round of walnut and oak butcher blocks. This morning I did what is known as “dewhiskering” the blocks. This process involves sanding the wood until it feels and looks done (I go to 150 grit on these), then covering the boards with a light coat of water. Just enough so that it does not puddle. The water “raises the grain” and gives the previously smooth surface a “furry” feeling. After the boards dry, I give them a light sanding with the final grit (150 in this case) again to knock down the “whiskers” or “fur” that puffed up from the exposure to the water. I repeat this process twice for cutting boards as they are constantly getting wet with use.
In the next couple of days, with the help of my buddy Andy, I will be applying the finishing touches. This project is taking longer than I anticipated but I suppose it is natural for the first round of any design, no matter how simple, to be a bit slow.