I have a weakness for purchasing scrap leather. I always find it so beautiful and think that leather is often the perfect accent to many of the crafts and DIYs that I create. Adding leather automatically seems to elevate a project from ordinary to something extraordinary and custom-feeling. For this project, I used a metallic leather that I found at a sidewalk sale in Florence, but you can find some at most craft stores, flea markets or even on Etsy.
If you’re unfamiliar working with wood, don’t be scared by this project. Just use a little help from the people at your local hardware store! I always have them cut my wood to size before leaving the store so I save some time and effort once I get home. There are also a few extra tips (after the jump) for completing this project if you don’t have a power drill– Hooray! –Erin
Click through for the full how-to steps after the jump…
-Scrap Leather (at least 8″ x 1″)
-1″ x 8″ Red Oak Board cut to about 16″ long
-120 grit sanding block
-1/4″ brass screws
-3/8″ brass washers
-Step One: Sand down your board to soften the harsh corners and rough edges. When sanding the top of the board, be sure to work with the grain and not across it.
-Step Two: Mark a spot halfway across your board and about one inch from the edge.
-Step Three: Cut your scrap leather to be an 8″ x 1″ rectangle and mark a spot in the center of the leather, 1/2″ from both edges.
-Step Four: Screw one side of the leather into the cutting board with a washer in between the screw and the leather. If you aren’t comfortable with a drill, hammer a nail through the board and leather where your mark is, then remove the nail and use this hole to screw your screw into the board with a manual screwdriver. Repeat on the other side.
-Step Five: Rub a thin layer of mineral oil over the board and allow to air-dry for 12 hours. This helps to seal the grain and creates a hardened surface for cutting.
Be sure to hand wash the cutting board and not to fully immerse the leather in water. This DIY can be customized is so many ways, which is one of the reasons why I love it. Using different colors of leather and different shapes of wood can be the perfect way to add a little of your own personality to the project.