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oskar270

Bread Board

I want to stop using the kitchen table top to make my breads but don't want either to invest big $$ for a bread board.


What kind bread board are you using? Is it a good idea to use a piece of plywood covered with oak vaneer or arborite?


 

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flournwater

I'm not familiar with "arborite" but if it's a food safe non-absorbant material it should work fine.  Frankly, I'd probably opt for a maple veneer plywood (well seasoned with a good quality food grade oil) with a hard wood cleat attached to one side so it didn't slide on the counter top (my big belly will hold it in place) while I'm working with it.

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oskar270

Sounds good, thanks for your time

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Jahosacat

I found a nice size wood cutting baord at a garage sale that works great for me. I use it for rolling pie custs and cookies, too. The garage sale was in my neighborhood, so, I trust the family I bought it from.

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Ambimom

If you have a TJMaxx, Homegoods, or Marshall's near you, they have extra large bamboo cutting boards that work great.  They cost about $10.

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flournwater

I'd go for that.  Easier than cutting and pasting up a bunch of pieces of wood.  Nice idea Ambimom.

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Elagins

is that it starts to delaminate and throw off splinters the minute it gets wet ... same for veneers, unless they're very well sealed and glued with a waterproof glue. if you're not going with a regular bench board, i'd suggest a piece of cabinet-grade birch plywood.

Stan Ginsberg
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dasmueller

New York Bakers has alder boards but they are going to run you more than the $10 bamboo boards mentioned by Ambimom above.  Our kitchen has built in bread boards in the cabinets that pull out for use which is a great idea for anyone doing a kitchen makeover. I remade one a few years back out of 1" thick cherry w a brazilian rosewood cleat on the end. The old soft pine had been used for so long to also cut bread that it was shot. The new one is great.

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Doc Tracy

I've found that my best board is actually a particle board that was given to me for my wedding. It wasn't cheap. It's a huge, lightweight board from Sur La Table or Crate and Barrel. (not sure which, I was registered at both). It doesn't warp like real wood.

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Mini Oven

Why do you want to stop using the kitchen table top to make breads?


Mini

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oskar270

My kitchen table is a good antique table set with a painted white glossy surface like a glass.


I started for the fun of it making bread and the table was fine but now that I enjoy bread making I would like not to damage the table top especially when I cut the dough with a sharp knife.


Thank you all for your ideas


 

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Mini Oven

Designed for abuse.  Ok, I understand.  What do you think about a large piece of teflon? With a tablecloth between, the table stays lovely and surface can be cut into.   Could even be cut to size and they come in colors too! 


I've got a table with glass, and the wood below gives up paint chips.  I use teflon and plastic bench scrapers to prevent scratching the glass but I wouldn't call it ideal.  I do make use of large flat plastic bowls.  You could also use glass but that costs $$$.  Whatever you decide it should be something you can clean easily and sanitize if needed.


Mini

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Mebake

I bought my wooden bench from IKEA, it cost me around 13$. It warps with excess moisture however.


 

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oskar270

Lots of usefull ideas, now I have to decide which one to go for


Thank you all for your tiem


 

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Barbarainnc

go to www.fantes.com and click on Pastry Boards. I got the largest one. Cheaper than buying a new table to work on. :) :) :)

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oskar270

Finally I got a good piece of "bread board" for $5.00


My local Home Depot has a bin of scrap pieces next to where they do the cutting for customers. I found there a piece of kitchen counter 24"x 36"; it is particle board covered with melamine and although it is bigger than I wanted it serves me ok.


When not in use, I put it against the side of my fridge in the kitchen and you can hardly notice it.


Particle board does not like water so after I finish my bread business and wash the board, I have to be careful not to wet too much the edges and leave it on the kitchen table so all edges dry well.


 

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concetta

go to your local granite countertop person and have him cut you a piece of scrap 25'' x 20", will last you forever,easy to clean too