Cutting Board DIY – Magnolia
When I registered for my wedding a decade ago, I painstakingly picked out a pattern of every day china and selected every serving dish in the set. I wanted everything to match! Back then furniture was selected in units of three or four from the same “look.” I feel like all that has been thrown out the window and now there is nothing “worse” from a design perspective than “matchy-matchy.” Today’s interior and housewares designs integrate character and uniqueness. I thought of this when I saw this link for a DIY cutting board. I actually have plenty of cutting boards (does anyone truly need four cutting boards?), but I loved this idea for a serving platter. I could definitely use some unusual pieces to off-set all the matchy-matchy serving pieces in my possession.
I found this link on Joanna Gaines’ blog, Magnolia Homes.
Cutting boards are not only practical kitchen must-haves, but are also a beautiful way to present food at events or gatherings and make cute gifts. Transforming an old tree stump into a cutting board is just a matter of cutting the tree stump into slabs and allowing the wood to completely dry or cure. Even if you don’t have a stump on hand, this is a simple project!
If you have a stump, cut it into slabs of your size and shape preference and then let the wood dry or cure naturally for a period of about 4 weeks. If you want to expedite drying, you can hurry the process along by drying the slabs in the oven. Just Set the oven to 200 – 225 degrees, place the wood slab in center rack for approximately 1 hour. Please monitor it closely as long as it is in the oven.
Remove from oven and allow slab to cool completely. Using protective eye gear, sand slab down with a palm sander, sand with coarse (50-grit) paper. Finish sanding with a finer (120-grit) sand paper. Wipe off dust with a cloth.
Use a clean, soft cloth to rub mineral oil or food-safe butcher block conditioner into wood. Let the conditioner soak in for at least 20 minutes; wipe off excess and buff the wood to a nice sheen. Repeat as necessary, applying three to four coats of conditioner to season the surface.
If you don’t have a tree stump on hand, no worries.