After the glue is dry, usually 24 hours run the butchers block through a planner. This will skim off any wood protruding and level the block. The next step is to draw out the desired outline and then cut out the shape. We just used a jig saw.
This DIY Cleaver was made with nautical metal etchings to match these nautical cutting boards. Check out how easy it is to metal etch almost any design into one of your own knives.
All of these projects start by glueing together hardwood to form a butchers block. To reduce the tools needed we just used standard pre cut 1x2x8' pieces of Red Oak and Poplar. You could use any hardwood that is hard and has a tight grain. May sound a little repetitive but Balsa is considered a hardwood and is so soft it could never be used as a cutting board.
Regardless of if you buy pre cut or strip your own hardwood to size. Start by glueing and then clamping the wood together. Use a good quality water proof glue that is also food safe. We have listed a short video on pipe clamps that will make this process a little easier.
Additional design details like lines can be easily added with a dremel grinder and cut off wheel. Be sure to sand the entire board smooth ten apply 2-3 coats a Cutting Board Oil to saturate the woods cell structure with oil. This way the wood can not absorb any additional moisture or germs during food preparation. These unique custom hand made cutting boards will enhance almost any home or kitchen decor. They can be cut in a variety of shapes and sizes and make excellent hand crafted gifts.
After the shape is cut out. We used a disc grinder with a flap sanding wheel to smooth over all of the hard corners and shape the wood to desired design. This grinder can remove quite a bit of wood very quickly. Be careful and please review any of the videos listed above to visualize the process.
DIY Easy Crafts
Butchers Block Cutting Boards
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We added this logo and date to the back of each cutting board. Each was crafted with a burning tool using hot stamp letters. The burning tool is an excellent way to add additional detail or personalize each piece.
Check out our series of short videos which show step by step instructions on how to build Butchers Block Cutting Boards and how to cut and shape them into beautiful custom designs. Cutting boards make great gift items and with these easy to make custom designs they can enhance any kitchens decor.