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.
3/4" maple hardwood (approx 8" wide)
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.