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Triying to find a nice big wooden board for hand kneading

Tinkle's picture

Triying to find a nice big wooden board for hand kneading

I'm hoping someone knows where to find a nice "big" (3 feet x 2 feet or so) wood board for kneading. I'm trying to learn by hand versus mixer, and formica is too sticky. Hoping wood is better...

SteveB's picture

I use a tavolini board (24"x28"x3/4"), available through the Baker's Catalog at:

Elagins's picture

get yourself a 24" x 30" piece of 1/2" plywood at any home supplies store (they'll cut it to size for a couple of bucks), then use tile mastic or epoxy to glue 1/2" marble tiles to the board, getting them as close together as possible. Marble is a *much* better kneading surface than wood, and you can do the whole thing for less than $15.

whitedaisy's picture

Can you get the tiles close enough that flour doesn't get between them?

Keith's picture

In my old house, I used to have granite countertops, but the new place doesn't. I went to a gravestone place and got a piece of 2" granite that is 30X30. It doen'st move far, but is great to use for working with dough. I'd never use anything else.

Elagins's picture
You can grout them with mastic, cement, epoxy, plaster .... anything deramic. The only thing I wouldn't use is a vinyl tub grout or something like that.

sphealey's picture

You might want to check with a local countertop fabricator who handles Swanstone and see if they can get you a reasonable-sized piece of .400" countertop sheet (they might have some as scrap). I have been working directly on my Swanstone countertop and it seems perfect for artisan prepartion - it is smooth enough that everything comes up with a plastic scraper, but has just enough tooth that the dough sticks enough to stretch nicely. It is food safe and can be cleaned with any reasonable cleaner. A lot lighter than a chunk of freestanding granite too!


Barbarainnc's picture

Go to and scroll down until you see Pastry Board. I bought the larger one. It is very well made and I love it  !!!  :) :) :)