After Care

This page contains information about after purchase care for your board.

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Q1: How should I care for my board?

We would recommend an occasional polish with a soft cloth using Pledge or something similar.


Q2: How long will my board look like new?

Protected from the elements, your board should last for many, many years.

We do see the appearance of "character" as a positive for the board. Small dings, dents and scratches add to the sense of history of a well-used and cherished board.


Q3: I want to redo the finish.  What should I use?

Most boards are finished with shellac. Brushing or spraying on a light coat of shellac will probably restore the finish like new.  A light sanding with fine sandpaper, such as 400 grit, before and between coats, will help too.

Should you wish to strip the finish completely, shellac dissolves in alcohol.

Please beware that we apply any paint on your board between layers of shellac, so stripping back the finish may remove paint too.

On rare occasion, we use polyurethane to finish boards, particularly those with padauk wood and other similar alcohol-soluble natural coloring.  Even with this finish, a fresh layer of shellac on top should work fine.


Q4:  How do I make the brass peg pocket cover looser or tighter?

The cover is designed to be held in place by a bend towards the middle.  If it slips out, carefully a add a little to the bend.  If it is too tight, you can flatten it out a little.


Q5: Can I get another peg cover or replacement felt or cork feet?

A kit containing a brass sheet and both types of feet is available.  Alternatively, you can get brass sheet and felt or cork pads from most highstreet hardware stores.  We cut our peg covers using ordinary kitchen shears and you can easily trim them to size.





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