The Boardroom Chopping Board: the perfect gift, handcrafted by you

A wooden hand-crafted gift that you have made, for that special person will be something they will cherish for years to come.

We at the Board Room understand that whilst a lot of our customers might aspire to creating something out of the stunning examples of Elm, Beech and Oak boards that are on display, often they may not have the confidence to simply get stuck in and give it a go.

So, we have come up with a useful, beautiful product that is simple to do, will always give you a great result, and hopefully set you on the path to trying something again and taking onto bigger projects.

You can purchase all the components outlined in the how-to below here at The Board Room (through the Farm and Garden Shop, here at Logie Steading) or online here, including your own unique board of local hardwood timber. The kits make great gifts in themselves, or you can use it yourself to make the finished item and seriously impress your recipient. Why not have a go, and make something really beautiful, local and long-lasting..

The ‘Board Room Chopping Board’: How to Guide

Chopping Board Making Kit

Everything you need to make your chopping board is available at The Board Room and is shown in the image below.

The Board Room Chopping Board Kit

Stage 1

Select a piece of wood from the selection provided, these will be Elm/Beech or Oak. They have all been planed and therefore and will be ready to go.

All species of wood will work well as a chopping board so it will just be personal preference.

chopping board board selection

Stage 2

Using a Mirkar sanding block (available in the kit), with a Grit P120 gently rub both sides of the chopping board, ensuring that you don’t go across the grain but go with the grain. Once you have done both sides it’s important that you sand the edges of the chopping board ensuring that you remove any splinters of wood, you don’t need to be as detailed as you have been sanding the top and bottom of the board as the Oil will seal the end well.

This process may take some time, so be patient. The smoother you can get the surfaces the better the grain will show when it is time to apply the oils, and the result will look great!

sanding your chopping board

Stage 3

In a warm environment, it’s now time to apply the Treatex Oil, this Oil is food safe and ideal for this job.

Appy with a the fine Treatex brush provided the oil, with the grain in the same way you have done with the sanding and be sure not to apply to thick it’s best to apply plenty of thin layers, we would recommend two coats.

Leave for one hour drying time for each coat.

This is a lovely part of the process as all the hard work and detail that you have put into the sanding process will pay off as you see the grain of the wood emerge and give some awesome detail.

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The Boardroom Chopping Board: the perfect gift, handcrafted by you

Terms & Conditions for fishing on Logie Estate

  1. Fishing on the river is restricted to 2 rods per beat and is to be by fly only. All fishing is from the right bank. By arrangement with the neighbouring estate there is no left bank fishing on the Relugas Middle and Top beats.
  2. The fishing is split into two 2 rod beats, Logie and Relugas, with Relugas sub divided into Middle and Top.  Beats can be taken together or separately. Logie is fished Monday to Saturday, Relugas Middle on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and Relugas Top on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Beats change at midnight.
  3. Fishermen must contact Logie Estate office on 01309 611300 a day or so before arrival to organise being shown onto the river. A map of pools, beats and access routes will be provided.
  4. Bio-security is important to the future of the river and anglers are asked to observe protection measures. The Findhorn District Fishery Board Conservation Code will be strictly observed. To summarise: All fish caught up to 14th May inclusive must be released. From 15th May, all salmon over 9 lbs / 4 kg / 28 inches / 72 cm are to be returned.  Below that measurement at least 70% of salmon and 50% of grilse caught should be released and a maximum of 1 salmon and / or 2 grilse per rod per week may be retained. In September all fish are to be returned. No gaffs or tailers are allowed.
  5. The Findhorn District Fishery Board Bio-security measures will be strictly observed and all fishermen in the party must sign the Bio-security Declaration. (Also available at
  6. The Estate recommends that barbless hooks are used, fishermen are in possession of a disgorger and that knotless nets are used. All possible care should be taken when returning fish to the river, they should be handled as little, and gently, as possible and should not be removed from the water.
  7. The catch should be reported at the end of each day of fishing to Logie Estate Office on 01309 611300. If the office is closed, please leave a message on the answering machine with the date, weight and pool. Please also report a nil catch day.
  8. Dogs are allowed on the river but must be kept strictly under control at all times. The Estate reserves the right to ask tenants to remove dogs if they are considered to be out of control.
  9. Rod, line and fly size are dependent on prevailing weather and water conditions and personal choice. In general, maximum rod length needed is 13ft with a size 8 or 9 line, usually floating. Fly sizes range from 6 – 8 in the spring down to 12 or less in summer low water.
  10. Safety must be considered at all times. All beats have a variety of pools with some suitable for most heights of water. Little wading is necessary and river paths are good however the fishing is within the Findhorn gorge, access to some of the pools is quite steep and a degree of rock scrambling is often necessary when playing and landing fish. Please be aware that a reasonable level of fitness and mobility is required. A buoyancy aid for each rod is provided and should be collected from Logie Estate Office on arrival, and returned to the Estate Office (or to the outbuilding opposite if office is closed) on departure. Logie Estate strongly recommends that buoyancy aids are worn when fishing and not doing so is entirely at fishermen’s own risk. Please pay attention at all times, avoid slips and falls, wear appropriate footwear, look out for overhead electricity lines, watch the weather and pay attention to livestock. Take extra care if fishing alone.
  11. Anglers need to supply or hire their own equipment (except buoyancy aids, which are provided).
  12. Ghillieing/tuition is available by on a first come, first served basis. This must be booked in advance with the Estate Office and is subject to availability. A half day ghillieing/tuition is approx. 3 hours, full day approx. 6 hours. Please contact the estate office or check our website for current rates. Rates do not include discretionary tips.
  13. Rod, Reel & Line hire is available by on a first come, first served basis. This must be booked in advance with the Estate Office and is subject to availability. Please contact the estate office or check our website for current rates. A rod, reel and line set is for one person and is subject to a fully refundable damage deposit of £100.
  14. Aside from fishermen, others, including rafters and kayakers, enjoy this stretch of river and mutual respect and consideration is expected.
  15. Bookings are confirmed when initial payment is received. Subsequent changes in dates or number or rods are entirely subject to the Estate’s discretion and to availability. Change of dates, if accepted, incur an administration fee. In the event of a cancellation the tenant must advise Logie Estate immediately, whereupon Logie will endeavour to re-let. If a new tenant can be found the deposit will be returned less any expenses incurred for advertising, office costs, etc., and less any shortfalls in discounted list price. Until such time as a vacancy has been re-let the hirer is responsible for making any further payment by the due dates. Failure to do so may mean that the hirer forfeits any refund if the dates are re-let. If it is not possible to re-let, all payments are still payable by the due date(s). It is unlikely that a refund can be made for a late cancellation. Logie Estate recommends that fishermen take out relevant cancellation insurance.
  16. Subletting fishing is only allowed with Logie Estate’s permission.
  17. Logie Estate reserves the right to immediately withdraw fishing without compensation from anyone who breaks these or associated conditions, or flouts normal standards of behaviour or fishing etiquette.