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DIY Cutting Board


  • Hardwood board-oak,ash,beech,maple
  • sandpaper/sanding block
  • Wood butter or mineral oil
  • Optional-acrylic paint
  • foam brush
  • painters tape


  1. You can cut our own board to any size if you have the power tools to do it, we do and there may be times I will cut a bunch on my own but since I only needed one at this time I headed right down to Home Depot and had them cut me a 12” x 15” oak piece- it cost me about $6 including the charge for the cut. You can make yours any size you need.
  2. Next you are going to want to sand the ends very well, they are rough after the cutting and need to be sanded and smoothed completely. I went ahead and went over the smooth top and bottom as well just to make sure it was completely smooth.
  3. Wipe away sanding dust with a soft cloth.
  4. If you are going to paint the sides of your cutting board go ahead and put your painters tape to protect the top surface from paint, you really don’t want paint on the surface you will be cutting on, I added a very small corner for decoration.
  5. Paint edges of board with foam brush, and the corner if you chose to do it like mine. I used a very light coat and wiped it off so that the grain still showed through. Allow paint to dry for several hours.
  6. Once paint is dry to the touch you can use a paint pen or free hand a monogram or you could also label your cutting board-cheese, veggies, etc… Allow your monogram to dry. You could also add a clear coat to painted surfaces only to protect and make it last.
  7. When all paint is thoroughly dry rub in a generous amount of wood butter or food grade mineral oil all over the board, buffing it in well.
  8. Allow wood butter or oil to cut into the board for about 48 hours before first use.
  9. Enjoy your new board!

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