As a birthday present, I made my (female) friend a cutting board with a twist - in the shape of a wine jug!  I chose the wine jug shape for two reasons:

1) It was her 21st birthday

2) The jug was the widest alcoholic container silhouette, making a good shape for a cutting board.

There are different ways to make cutting boards, but for a novice woodworker, a single piece 3/4" hardwood cutting board will suffice.  


Scotch Tape 
 3/4" maple hardwood (approx 8" wide)
 Linseed Oil


Black and Decker Jigsaw 
Ryobi Drill press
Ryobi Power sander
Sand paper (variety between 100 - 320 grits)
Rag (for applying the oil)

For a more challenging build, heres a fantastic instructable on make a cutting board using the multiple board method:


Step 1: Finding a Template

I blew up a stock image I found online (Google ftw) and printed it out on two pages, and cut it out.  Total length was about 15", and the width was 8" (same as the width of the board I used)

I found a nice, clean piece of maple in my shop, and taped the template to trace it.  After tracing, I removed the template, and clamped the board in preparation to cut it out.
To put your time and efforts into making a beautiful, functional item is a great gift! (I've been wanting a new cutting board, and I'd love one of these. Hey, how about making a bunch of them and letting us buy them from you?)
That would be a great idea! Unfortunately, I don't always have access to my shop, since I'm still in college, but after I graduate that's something I'd seriously consider doing
Reminds me of the cutting boards we made in Junior High Wood Shop. Nice work!

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