This project couldn’t come at a better time for me; just this week, I decided to toss out my crummy old plastic cutting boards and exchange them with more durable wood ones. Kate of Centsational Girl has created a fantastic, easy tutorial for how to make your own custom cutting boards of any size and shape. My recommendation? Get a big pile of wood and make one for everyone you know — paired with a cookbook or a small culinary item, a homemade cutting board would make such a lovely gift. Thanks for sharing, Kate! — Kate
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- untreated hardwood plank (these are made with Norfolk pine) (it is important to get untreated wood since you are using these for food prep)
- orbital sander
- mineral oil + rags
1. Draw a template for your board and cut out with scissors.
2. Place the template on your plank and traced around it. Be sure to align it along the board to avoid the big knots.
3. Cut around the shape with a jig saw, being sure to cut along the line and to work slowly around curved lines for a smooth, accurate cut.
4. Sand the top and the edges smooth with an orbital sander, first with medium 80 grit then followed up by 220 extra fine grit.
5. Wipe down all boards to remove any remaining sawdust, then condition with food-safe mineral oil to bring out the beauty of the wood. Mineral oil is a digestive aid and can be found at most drugstores or pharmacies. Many specialty food and kitchen stores also carry mineral oil for use on butcher-block counter tops, so look for it there, too.
6. You’re done!