Beautiful vintage wooden cutting boards are a steal at thrift shops and flea markets. The only trouble is, they're sometimes a bit worse for wear—rough and dry, rather than shiny and water resistant. Instead of passing them up for a shiny new model made from virgin timber, though, you should snap up those antiques for a song because it's so easy to restore them to their former glory. All it takes is a few natural cleaning ingredients and 30 minutes!
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What you'll need
Beeswax (small block or a handful of pellets)
Large glass mason jar
Sandpaper: coarse (80-grit), medium (120-grit), and fine (220-grit)