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How to Make a Rustic Bread Board

Antique bread boards are a popular collectible but they're often expensive. With basic woodworking skills, you can turn a piece of old or reclaimed wood into a great handmade gift for your favorite foodie or hostess.

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Finished Handmade Bread Board

Materials Needed:

  • piece of old or reclaimed wood
  • chalk
  • table saw or circular saw
  • jig saw or band saw
  • drill equipped with 3/8" drill bit
  • protective eyewear
  • palm sander
  • medium- and fine-grit sanding discs for sander
  • food-safe beeswax wood finish
  • mineral spirits
  • 2 lint-free cloths

Draw Bread Board Shape

Use chalk to draw desired outline onto wood (Image 1). Since old bread boards have a primitive shape, draw designs freehand without worrying too much about perfect symmetry. Scribble out areas that will be scraps to make sketches clear when cutting (Image 2).

Cut Bread Board Down

While wearing protective eyewear, use a table saw or circular saw to cut along straight chalk marks to cut board down to size.

Cut Bread Board Shape

Use a jigsaw to cut out chalked shape. Wear eye protection and make sure board is on a stable surface. Tip: If an area is tricky to cut out, try cutting out some scrap wood until the line is easier to access with saw blade.

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