Texas Urban Sawmill is a Family Owned Business

Focused first on family, community and the environment as a Texas Benefit Corporation


  • All our urban wood products are handcrafted in Dripping Springs, TX by our team of artisans and sawyers committed to producing the most sustainable and environmentally friendly products.

  • All our urban wood products come directly from fallen trees that we rescue and salvage across Texas.   These are trees that are lost due to storms, disease, drought and removals from construction projects.

  • Approxiamately 50% of the weight of wood is sequested or stored carbon.   By supporting the urban wood movement and our business, you are helping the fight against global warming by keeping the carbon stored in these fallen trees.   Traditionally, these trees end up being mulched, burned or waste material in our landfills.   

  • We operate our business by the basic principle: “Trees First and Rescued Wood Next”.   We are committed to giving back 5% of our business profits to support tree planting and expanding our forest canopy which is critical in our fight against global warming.   


  • We take great pride in being sensitive to personal health and the environment.   We use FOOD SAFE approved finishes for all our products located in our Plano Antique Mall Booth.   Additionally, we only use BPA FREE butcher block cutting board feet.   

  • We prefer to use Watco Butcher Block Oil & Finish as we have found it to be a very robust finish that cures very hard.   Numerous other suggested food contact finishes can be found at your local hardwood store.  See “Care Instructions” below for more product information.


Maintaining a cutting board is a quick and easy task that will keep your board sanitary, looking new and extend the life of your board. 

1) Proper Cleaning and Washing

Hand wash only – never submerge in water

To avoid bacteria, it’s important that you wash your cutting board immediately after use.  Wipe the cutting board with hot soapy water, rinse it with hot water only and just wipe it dry with a clean dish towel. Store in a dry area.

1. Never submerge in water
2. Do not place in dishwasher or in a microwave

2) Disinfect & deodorize using vinegar

We recommend keeping a spray bottle of vinegar handy to disinfect & deodorize your wood cutting board. Acetic acid (white vinegar) is an excellent disinfectant for E. coli, Salmonella and other household bacteria. Spray vinegar on the wood cutting board, let sit for a few minutes and wipe it with a damp warm cloth.

3) Wood Cutting Board Oil Options

We recommend treating the board frequently in order to repel food particles and prevent stains and cracks from happening. It’s best to treat the board at least once a month and twice a month if used often.  It’s important to make sure that the cutting board is clean and dry before applying any of these oils.

Mineral Oil

Mineral oil is the most commonly used option because it is a safe and cost effective way to keep your wood cutting board looking great for years. Food safe mineral oil can be purchased at your local drug store or major retailer.  Additionally, Home Depot and Lowe’s both sell products very high quality food safe finishes made by Howard including Cutting Board Oil.

Apply the mineral oil using a clean cloth and spread evenly over the board. Let the oil set in for a few hours, or even let it set overnight if you can. Afterward, wipe the excess oil off using a dry cloth.

Beeswax and Mineral Oil Combination

Home Depot and Lowe’s both sell products very high quality food safe finishes made by Howard with a combination of Beeswax & Mineral Oil.

Alternatively, you can combine mineral oil and beeswax in order to obtain the penetrating qualities of mineral oil, with the sealing qualities of beeswax.

1. In a small saucepan, measure 1/4 cup of beeswax (chunked for quicker melting) and 1 cup of mineral oil. Stir constantly on low heat until the beeswax is completely dissolved. If temperature is too high, the beeswax will discolor.

2. Remove from heat and let stand for a minute, then pour in a sealed jar and let cool for a few hours, stirring once or twice every hour to ensure it is well blended. If you skip the stirring, the mixture won’t be as homogenous.

3. Using a small cloth, rub the paste on board until absorbed and let it stand for 5-15 minutes. With a clean cotton cloth, buff in a circular motion until the finish is smooth.

Watco Butching Block Oil & Finish

This is our preferred finish that is compatible with any of our other suggested food safe finishes.   We prefer it as it cures to a very hard finish and requires less frequent conditioning.   The general rule of thumb is to condition every 1-2 months but this is dependent of frequency of use.  If your cutting board, butcher block, charcuterie board is starting to appear dry then make sure to re-condition immediately.   You CANNOT over condition these products.

Finishes to AVOID

Please note that we do not recommend natural oils such as vegetable, corn, olive, peanut or walnut oil, as these are rich in fats that will eventually oxidize and go rancid, creating a foul smelling board. Also, never use standard mineral oil from a hardware store that is not rated as food safe, as that is meant for machine lubrication and not for contact with food. It is not worth jeopardizing your health for a few dollars!