A simple-to-make chopping board from scrap kitchen counter board (a la IKEA) in the shape of a Fender Stratocaster guitar. Next time you have a dinner party for your muso friends, amaze and confuse them by serving cheese on this retro-shaped chopping board.
Step 1: Materials and Tools
* Kitchen Counter board, like oak, maple, ash, about 35mm thick. Mine is a leftover from a kitchen refurb project. Or just go to IKEA and buy a section of kitchen counter. Do not use chip-board kitchen counter!
* Tung oil, Counter top oil or Danish oil (not so good as it is not food-quality)
* Liquid paraffin (and old-fashioned medication for rot gut)
* Fender Guitar or other guitar with well-known shape, e.g. Les Paul, Telecaster (this is for tracing the shape only - your guitar will remain intact for this Instructable!)
* Band saw or jigsaw. Recommend a band saw, but I managed OK with a jigsaw
* Router with a 10mm-radius roundover bit
* Belt sander, drum sander, orbital sander, linisher, or all of them
* Various grades of sand paper
* Drill and 32mm spade bit for an optional hole
Step 2: Trace shape from the real thing
Redraw the lines with a dark marker pen to help you better "understand" the curves and avoid mistakes in the next step when cutting the board.
Step 3: Cut out
Step 4: Add optional hole
I used a 32mm spade drill bit, but an auger or Forstner drill bit would have been much better.
Step 5: Sand out shape
Step 6: Round over edges & final sanding
Remember to move your router in a clockwise circle when routing the inside of the hole, and to route in a left to right direction with the work piece edge facing you.
Smooth any remaining imperfections from the routing operation with increasing grades of sandpaper.
Step 7: Apply wood finish
Other choices for finish are kitchen counter-top oil (which presumably is of food grade?), and Danish oil - which judging by its smell, is probably not the best finish to use on good that are in contact with food.
Apply a diluted form of the finish as a first coat and let it draw in for 20 minutes or so. Wipe off the excess finish with an old rag. Leave to dry for a few hours. Give a light sanding with fine sandpaper.
Repeat these steps using a non-diluted wood finish. 3 coats of finish did the trick here.