LESLIE: Now we’ve got Betsy in Vermont who’s working on a project for the kitchen. How can we help?
BETSY: I want to build a 2x3 cutting board. Should I use plywood and then what is food-grade linseed oil and where would I find it?
TOM: Oh, that’s an interesting question. So you want to build a cutting board and well, plywood – I guess you could but I would much prefer to see you use a hardwood.
TOM: So you would probably want to use an oak or a maple or a birch or a poplar.
LESLIE: And what’s interesting. If you choose one of those types of wood you can get simple 1x1 or 1x2 stock lumber and stack them all together so you almost get that butcher block feel.
TOM: And in terms of the finish on it, you can use vegetable oil …
TOM: … which is fine. Made tons of cutting boards over the years with just vegetable oils. Or if you get a food-grade linseed oil you may have to order that from a specialty shop because you’re not going to find it at a hardware store or a home center but that certainly is another option.
BETSY: OK, so I go for birch, oak or …
TOM: Or walnut. You know, one of the hardwoods. Poplar. Yeah, but plywood’s going to be too soft for that.
BETSY: OK, thank you much.
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