RE: cork cutting boards

From:Laurie Reilly

Dear All,
We recycle our waste paraffin wax from the drip tray under the embedding 
centre etc. to make cutting boards. About 1.5L of wax is melted down in the 
oven, poured into a plastic tray (40cm x 28cm) and allowed to solidify. The 
tray is then turned over and flexed and the wax cutting board tipped out.
The wax is very gentle on cutting instruments and when it gets too dirty it 
can be discarded.

                 Regards,  Laurie.

At 04:42 PM 04/03/02 +0100, wrote:
>Bob Richmond wrote (and it's funny how you get to know who's written 
>things after a few lines):
>It's difficult to find
>boards of sufficiently soft polyethylene, and without cutesy-poo pictures of
>mushrooms and tomatoes, a handle hole (which specimens fall into), or what I
>call a "filth groove" - a groove around the edge for crud to collect in.
>These things cost about US $7.
>Ah, the cost of living in US compared to here. L7 for a small one here, 
>you might fit an onion on it, and you would certainly get a handle.
>The last one we bought was from a very well known surgical firm. It had 
>the crud groove round the edge and was in every other way ordinary, except 
>for a scale printed on the surface (which lasted less than a month, and 
>can reasonably be called a pathetic effort).
>This cost L90, which was a knock down price after hard bargaining!
>By three months it was significantly concave.
>All this notwithstanding, I agree with Bob that polythene (polyethylene, 
>Yanks) is the only way to go.
>Terry L Marshall B.A.(Law), M.B.Ch.B., F.R.C.Path
>Consultant Histopathologist
>Rotherham General Hospital, Yorkshire

Mr.Laurie Reilly                                              Ph 07 4781 4468
Physiology & Pharmacology                           Fax  07 4779  1526
Aust.Inst.of Tropical Vet.& Animal Sc.
James Cook University
Townsville  Qld. 


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