My sister-in-law took me to an estate sale when I visited her a few weeks ago. I found a wooden cutting board in the $1.00 box. I bought a few other things and because the cutting board needed some serious work, I got it for free.
There is a bit of cupping, it warped from something. That I won't try to fix. But the surface was rough and had a lot of cuts from years of service. There was some kind of stain, as though from moisture. Probably from whatever caused the warping.
I thought it could be brought back with just a bit of sanding. And I needed a cutting board for the second kitchen in the basement for the B&B patrons. Then the sander got dropped when someone, who shall be nameless, dropped it off the ladder. Well, we had the sander for about 30 years, so I guess we got our money's worth.
Naturally, they no longer make that sander. Any tool that works just great for 30 years can't be continued!
I am not a good shopper. I have to look at everything and agonize over the cost and probable efficiency. Does spending more guarantee a better product?
Nonetheless I found a small sander that I thought would work for around $30 at Lowe's. Then we bought some sand paper. After sanding I will need to oil the cutting board, so another $5.00 or so.
And LOOK! Smooth as a baby's behind and freshly oiled. A free cutting board for only about $40! What a bargain hunter I am!
Soon I will tell you about the good deal I got on chairs that need to be refinished and recovered. I am saving money hand over fist!