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Make a Pastry Board

Home baked breads and pastries are a real treat that everyone can enjoy. But preparing the dough can be messy and awkward. Dough cloths or wax paper can slip and slide all over the place and working directly on a countertop can create a huge mess. Add some ease to your baking with a pastry board. Even if no one in your house bakes, this beautiful piece makes a great accent for the kitchen, and who knows? Maybe it will inspire you to try baking your own delicacies. Lowe's is happy to provide this information as a service to you.

Tools & Materials


  •   • Table saw or palm sander
  •   • Clamps with round over bit (optional)
  •   • Goggles
  •   • Dust mask
  •   • Hearing protection


  •   • Suitable lumber
  •   • Waterproof wood glue/food safe epoxy
  •   • Mineral oil
  •   • Sandpaper

Selecting the Right Lumber

Selecting the right lumber for your pastry board is essential. The lumber should be dense enough to withstand a good pounding. The material should not transfer any flavor to the foods that are processed on it. Choose fruit or nut bearing hardwoods such as oak, maple, cherry or walnut to make your pastry board.

Build the Cutting Board

The pasty board's hook will keep it from sliding around while working.

1. Cut four pieces of 1x4 to a length of 21 1/2" and edge glue them. Allow the glue-up to cure completely.

2. Trim the glue-up to a width of 19 1/2", removing material from each end so they are both even.

3. Rip a 1 3/8" piece from one edge of the glue-up.

4. Turn the 1 3/8" piece so its face abuts the edge of the glue-up from which the piece was cut. Align the top edge of the 1 3/8" piece with the top face of the glue-up. The 1 3/8" piece will form a hook at the end of the board to keep if from sliding on a table or countertop. Glue the 1 3/8" piece in place. Allow the glue to cure completely.

5. Plane or sand the work surface (top face) of the board flat.

6. Use a router or sandpaper to roundover the edges and ends of the pastry board and hook.

Apply the Finish

With a pastry board, you can add workspace where you otherwise wouldn't have any.

1. Apply a generous coat of mineral oil to the entire board and allow it to soak in for several minutes. If necessary, apply more oil until the board no longer soaks it in.

2. Wipe away any excess oil and buff the board to a low sheen.

3. Allow the board to sit overnight and wipe away any oil that may seep back out.

Cleaning and Maintaining Your Pastry Board

Thoroughly clean the pastry board after each use to kill any bacteria on the board. Use a moist cloth dipped in a mixture of two tablespoons bleach to one gallon of water. Always dry the board thoroughly before you store it. To extend the life of your pastry board, reapply mineral oil occasionally.

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