To make your own cutting board, you will need:
- untreated hardwood (we used oak),
- a circular saw or table saw,
- food grade mineral oil,
- a clean cloth.
Be sure the hardwood you choose is untreated if you plan to actually use your cutting board for cooking. If you’re unsure, just ask someone at your local lumber yard. And for the mineral oil, make sure you use food grade (most are food grade). It’s sometimes called cutting board oil or butcher block oil.
Step One. Draw your design on the board. If you are using a circular saw only, you will need to stick to designs with straight edges.
Step Two. Cut out your design. Be sure you read your saw manual and follow all the safety information. Once you’ve cut out the design, sand the edges with medium grit sandpaper.
Step Three. Wipe off the cutting board so it’s free of any wood dust. Use a clean cloth to apply the mineral oil. Wipe in the direction of the wood grain. Check the bottle for additional tips and dry time suggestions. Our mineral oil suggested we coat the cutting board with 3-4 coats of oil before it was ready for kitchen duty.
How to care for your cutting boards: Never submerge a cutting board in soapy water or run through a dishwasher. It is best to always hand wash wooden cutting boards (and other wooden cooking utensils). Give your cutting board a fresh coat of mineral oil every 3-6 months to keep it looking fresh and new.