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Personalised wooden boards: how to care for yours

If you’ve browsed our range, you’ll know we create many different personalised wooden boards; from chopping to cheese boards. Not to mention bread and carving boards. All handmade from the highest grade of oak. It’s important you know how to care for your board once it’s left our Worcestershire workshop.

How we finish our personalised wooden boards

A natural timber with distinct character, you’ll want the colour and graining to look at its best. All our personalised wooden boards are finished with two coats of Osmo TopOil. This is a matt, food-safe oil that protects the surface, whilst leaving it ready to do its job.

The oil soaks into the surface of the board, preventing the oak from drying out and protecting the surface for many months to come. It should provide enough protection for six to twelve months; dependent on the amount of use.

Wooden boards are the preferred choice for many leading chefs; not to mention home cooks. They’re gentler on knives, keeping them sharp for longer. And they’ll give you a lifetime of service (whilst looking fantastic) so long as you care for and clean them correctly.

When should you re-apply oil?

It’s easy to tell if your wooden board needs another coat of oil. It will be starting to dry out and might show signs of staining. Our advice is to wait until the board is ready. Over-oiling is not advisable.

What oil should you use?

We’re great fans of Osmo TopOil. We’ve been using it on our range for years. Less coats are generally required, and the finish is superior to many other oils we’ve tried. In our opinion, it’s the best way to protect your board and maximise its life.

You can buy Osmo TopOil from Wood Finishes Direct.

Of course, there are other oils available and traditionally, Butcher’s Oil has been a popular choice. So long as the oil is food-grade, clear and matt in finish, you’ll not detract from the look of your board.

How to oil your wooden board

You’ve got the right oil and your board needs a fresh coat. What next? It’s a simple three-step process:

1. Lightly sand the board with fine sandpaper (we use 240 grit). This will lighten any staining, lift the grain and smooth out any marks from usage.
2. Using a clean brush, apply a thin coat of oil. Leave it to soak in for ten minutes.
3. Using good quality kitchen towel (we use Plenty), wipe off any excess oil. Then put the board somewhere safe to dry overnight.

How to clean your wooden board

After each use, your wooden board should be wiped clean with warm soapy water. You can also use a light antibacterial cleanser, like Dettol. Then ensure it’s fully dry before storage. And that’s it!

NEVER use harsh cleaners (they’ll take the surface off).
NEVER put your board in the dishwasher.
NEVER submerge your board or leave it to soak in water.

Wood can soak up water, making it swell. When left to dry again, the moisture content reduces rapidly. This process presents a big risk of splits and cracks appearing. By committing to the right cleaning regime for your board, you’ll keep it looking gorgeous for longer.

Where to store your wooden board

There’s no doubt that personalised wooden boards look fabulous in the kitchen. And that’s great, so long as they’re not stored too close to a heat source; for example, an Aga or range cooker. Excessive heat will dry the wood out, risking distortion in shape. Find a spot that’s clean and dry, but not too hot.

We create our personalised boards to enjoy a long and happy life with you. This practical and straight forward advice should enable you to achieve just that.

If you need any specific guidance in caring for our wooden boards, or any other product, please do get in touch. We’d be happy to help you.

Want to browse our range of personalised wooden boards? Click here.

Personalised Mother’s Day Gifts for Mum to treasure

Just in case Mother’s Day is not on your radar yet, we’re putting it there, right now. It’s on Sunday 31st March, by the way.

You’ll want gifts for Mum to make her feel very special indeed.

And that’s where we come in. Personalised Mother’s Day gifts, handmade in Worcestershire from the highest-grade oak. A gift made specifically with your mum in mind; it’s incredibly thoughtful. You can personalise your engraved message, and if you want something a little different, we’ll create it for you.

Why not give mum something to cherish this year?

And while you’re at it, don’t forget Grandma, Mother-in-Law and any mums-to-be. Mother’s Day has become the annual occasion to celebrate all those lovely ladies in our lives.

Read about the man who’ll create your gift

Upon receiving your order, our turnaround time is just five to seven days. Your gift will be made to order in our Worcestershire workshop, and we deliver via a fully tracked, next day courier.

From our range of handcrafted oak products, here are some ideas for personalised Mother’s Day gifts.


Mum’s Keys

Let us engrave your personal message onto a beautiful oak key ring. Hand-selected for its graining, the wood will be sanded four times; the final time by hand. A coat of osmo top oil will ensure the perfect finish, whilst a ring will be firmly attached with a piece of rustic twine.

Mum will love her new keyring. You might create one for her house keys, her summer house key, or a key to her special storage chest. Whatever the purpose, it’ll last a lifetime.

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Mum’s G&T Board

When a relaxing gin and tonic is on the cards, what better than your own G&T board to cut the lemon? Made from solid European oak, its generous depth (42mm) allows for engraving on the front and back edges. You can also have a personal message engraved on the base.

This is a popular choice that’s a “must” in our personalised Mother’s Day gifts. It’s unusual, superbly handmade and a practical option for gin lovers.

Make Mum’s day with this gorgeous board.

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Personalised Candle Holders (various sizes)

These pretty candle holders can be made in many sizes; from two candles upwards. Whether in the bathroom, sitting room or bedroom, they’ll safely create that calming, candlelit atmosphere we all love to relax in.

Choosing just the right piece of oak for your gift, we’ll create it to your specification, carefully engraving it with your personal message. The front and back edges can be utilised, in addition to the base. Just tell us what you’d like.

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Personalised Bath Caddy

What a fabulous caddy! She’ll never want to get out the bath. Delivering sheer indulgence, our oak bath caddy is far more than a shelf to sit over the bubbles. We can add a wine glass slot, a clever recess to safely hold her tablet, and hollows to hold low candles.

You just need to supply the bubbles and wine!

Your caddy will be created from the highest-grade European oak (we use nothing less) and finished to absolute perfection. We want both you and your mum to be thrilled.

And true to style, you’re free to personalise the engraving as you wish. Choose your words for the front edge and a personalised message for the base if you wish.

Mum will be delighted with such a thoughtful and practical gift that can take pride of place in her bathroom.

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Did you know?

Mother’s Day, or Mothering Sunday dates all the way back to ancient Greek times. Since the early 20th Century, we’ve followed the Americans in how we celebrate the day. But the date remains firmly in the Christian calendar – the fourth Sunday of Lent. And three weeks before Easter Sunday.

Not found your ideal gifts for Mum yet? You’ll find many more ideas on our website. From personalised chopping boards to welly stands. Toast racks to tablet stands. And if you’ve got a bespoke idea, we just love creating one-offs.

You’ll find authentic workmanship and a friendly service at The Engraved Oak Company. Simply decide on your personalised Mother’s Day gifts and leave the rest to us. Your mum will be glad you did!

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Christmas Competition

It's nearly Christmas...

so we thought we would run a competition to win one of our handcrafted personalised large oak cheese boards with top and bottom engraving and the V-groove, worth £160.
To enter go to our Facebook post and Like and comment on the post saying what you would like engraved if you win the board.
Or visit Cheese Boards on our site to order yours now for delivery in time for Christmas.
The draw will take place on 18th December 2018 at midday and the winner will be announced on our Facebook page.
Note knives not included.

Good luck...