There are a few things I love to do for my family more than anything else, and one of them is to prepare a fresh, home cooked meal. Recently I have even taken all of the “fun kids breakfast” items out of my pantry, so breakfast is now another made from scratch meal. There is something to be said about knowing exactly what is in your food.
My wonderful mother is a kitchen woman as well. She writes recipe articles and her cooking is the best. She has all the kitchen gadgets that the “cool kids” own, and her cutting boards will make anyone jealous. Sometimes when she comes in town, she likes to surprise me with a nice big, heavy wood cutting board. This always excites me like a little kid.
Obviously, I cut many different kinds of meats, vegetables, and fruits during the course of preparing three meals a day. Cutting boards are just about the most useful tool in the kitchen, but store bought or hand crafted wood ones can get pricey quickly, which is why I never buy my own.
Then one day my ta-da light bulb went off – why can’t I just make my own? I sometimes forget I am a master at woodworking. Okay, not really, but I do possess some woodworking skills. Making your own fabulous cutting board is a project that is easy and can be completed by almost anyone.
• paper (size of paper dependent on the size of the cutting board to be made)
• jigsaw with new saw-blades
• untreated wood
• sandpaper ( 80 grit and 220 grit)
• orbital sander if possible
• mineral oil
First, for this project you will need to buy a piece of wood. I would recommend staying away from porous, grainy woods like oak or pine, choosing instead a heavy, small or closed pore wood like maple, birch, mahogany, or cherry. My preference is birch, but this can be more expensive. One thing to keep in mind is the size of the board you choose – if you choose a larger cut, you have the opportunity to make multiple cutting boards. If you want to make multiple cutting boards, consider
the size of the boards before pur-chasing the wood, as purchasing enough wood to make several boards will help offset the cost.