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 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.
Step 2: Cut it out
For greater accuracy, a file could be used to define those curves as well.
Step 3: Drill the Handle Hole
I eye-balled the center of the handle semi-circle, and drilled the hole with a 1" drill bit with my drill press.