If you are in the kitchen a lot, you understand the importance of owning a quality cutting board. You can never have too many cutting boards when you are trying to prepare a giant meal. Buying wooden cutting boards can quickly become expensive. This summer, make your own wooden cutting board:
A Piece of Poplar Wood (Preferably: 1×10 x 3’)
Drill and 5/8” Drill Bit
Butcher Block Oil
220-Grit Sanding Block
Mild Dish Soap
Clean Dish Rag
Step One. Take your poplar wood and measure 16 inches. Mark a spot at the 16 inch mark and use a speed square to help you draw a straight line from the bottom of the wood to the top of the wood.
Step Two. Grab your hand saw and cut through the line you just drew.
Step Three. Now you are going to make a hole in the wood by taking your measuring tape and marking 1-1/2” from the perpendicular sides on the top left corner. Ultimately, you will have drawn a plus sign.
Step Four. Take your 5/8” drill bit and drill a hole through the plus sign.
Step Five. Using your sanding block, begin to sand off the any uneven corners of the wooden board. All sanding should be done gently and be aware off the edges.
Step Six. Pour your butcher block oil onto a cloth or rag. Then you will take the rag and begin to rub the butcher block oil onto the wood.
Step Seven. Let your wooden board dry overnight before using.
Step Eight. Clean off your board with mild, no dye dish soap and warm water. Make sure to completely dry off the wooden board with a clean dish rag.
Note: Try to not let any food sit on the cutting board for an extended period of time. Always clean your wooden cutting board as soon as possible to keep it in great condition.
Cutting boards are not only great gifts for yourself, but they are great gifts for families and friends. People will love this unique gift idea and cherish the craftsmanship.