How to Make a Wood Cutting Board

DIY Wood Cutting Boards
I owe this post to my Hubby.  He researched and wanted to make our own wood cutting boards.

Why I asked? Because he doesn’t like the idea of plastic potentially making it’s way in to food using a plastic cutting board.  OK, honey. I get that. :-)

How did he do it?  It was really very simple!  He headed to Home Depot and bought a 2ft long piece of untreated Poplar Wood for $7.00 (it is a little over 9 inches wide) and a bottle of Howard Cutting Board Oil for $8.00. (any food grade Mineral Oil will work)

DIY Wood Cutting Boards

1.  He simply cut the piece of wood into (2) pieces to make us a small 8 x 9 cutting board and a larger 15 x 9 cutting board.

DIY Wood Cutting Boards

2.  After cutting, he used our handy little Dremel tool to round the edges and then a fine grit sandpaper for smoothing the edges down and going over the entire front and back surface to smooth as well.

FYI – You don’t have to use a Dremel tool.  You can simply use a pieces of sandpaper.

  • 1 medium grit for rounding the edges
  • 1 fine grit to give the edges and surface a smooth finish.

DIY Wood Cutting Boards

3.  After he finished the sanding, he wiped them down with a wet cloth to remove any dust from sanding.  Let dry about 10 minutes.

4.  Then, he rubbed the mineral oil all over the front and back surfaces.  Covering liberally and spreading with a cloth or old t-shirt.  We put it on a pizza box to do this so the excess oil would soak into the cardboard.

5.  Repeat the oil covering process 2 more times, waiting 20 minutes between coats.

Voila, ready to use!  They turned out so great!

DIY Wood Cutting Boards





    • Sherri says

      I know right?! Us too! We have only read that the oil should be food grade and not prone to rancidity which would happen with vegetable oils or olive oil. Mineral oil is a popular choice. Coconut oil is good too. Walnut oil or Almond oil would also work if there are no nut allergies in your house.

      Hope this helps :-)

  1. says

    Where do you get the cutting board oil that you used? This looks so simple! Hubby’s been talking about making some cutting boards. I saw this at just the right time!

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