Quickly make this board out of any hardwood board.
Great as a present for any occasion!
Look for nice grain pattern and avoid knots.
Things you'll need:
- hardwood board (from 3/4'' to 2'' thickness, depends on size)
- Jig saw (buy used one for 10-20 bucks, you don't need an expensive one)
- sandpaper in grits: 80, 120 and 240 (or similar grade grits)
- sander (optional)
Buy a board, cut it to any shape and sand it smooth - that's it!
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Step 1: Shape Your Board
For desired aesthetics draw any shape you want.
It's that easy.
I followed natural wood lines giving it more organic look.
Step 2: Cut Your Board
Before starting, make sure you read and understand all the safety instructions form your tools.
I'm not responsible for any injuries caused by misuse of your tools.
Use safety gear!
Make your cut by following the line you drew beforehand.
Step 3: Sand It Smooth and Finish
You can use a sander or hand sand everything.
If you're making many of the boards consider buying a sander (it's faster to sand)
Sand it in the following order:
1. 80 grit sandpaper
2. 120 grit sandpaper
3. 240 grit sandpaper
Between every sanding just brush (or vacuum) the dust off.
At the end clean the board of any dust and apply and food safe finish.
I used beeswax and food safe mineral oil blend I made myself.
Apply the finish, let it soak and remove the excess (repeat 2-3 times).
If using wax, buff it in at the final coat to give it uniform/finished look.
Every now and then re-apply the finish to maintain your board.
Step 4: Try It Out
If the cutting board is for you, then go ahead and take some goods on that table and go wild :)
I love preparing the hard cheese with fresh ground pepper, olive oil, thyme and lavender flowers.
Accompany that with some Cabernet Sauvignon and thank me later!