Make These Chic (Yes, Chic) Cutting Boards
Update your kitchen by creating modern cutting boards with leather accents.
Cutting boards are an essential element in any kitchen. But in recent years they have exploded as a stylish (and functional) foodie accessory whether hung on a wall or placed on a counter as an oversized design feature. Now you can create your own with natural finishes. These chic cutting boards would also make great DIY gifts this holiday season, so get a jump on your gift-making by creating some now.
- 18 inch diameter project board
- drill and 1-1/2 inch drill bit
- sandpaper, coarse and fine grit
- 1 tablespoon natural activated charcoal
- 1 teaspoon instant coffee
- 1/2 inch leather strap, at least 12 inches
- 1"x8" oak board
- table saw
- deerskin lace
- staple gun and 3/8 inch staples
- 1"x12" oak board
- 3/4" leather strap, at least 11 inches
- (2) 2-inch wood screws
Project 1: Round Board
Use an 18-inch round project board, found in most home improvement centers, for the round cutting board.
Drill a hole in the board with 1-1/2 inch drill bit about 1-inch away from the outside edge of the board.
Sand the board and hole with coarse grit sandpaper, then fine grit sandpaper until very smooth.
With gloved hands, rub the board with a paste of activated charcoal, instant coffee, and a bit of water. Rinse the board thoroughly and rub away the excess paste. Allow the board to dry completely and then seal the board with natural beeswax polish.
Cut a one foot length of 1/2 leather strap. Add the strap to the hole and tie a knot in the end.
Project 2: Small Handle Board
Cut a 1"x8" oak board to 14 inches.
Set the blade height on your table saw to 3 inches. On one short end of the board measure in from both outside edges 2-3/4 inches and mark. Stand the board on its end and cut at these marks. This will be the handle end of the cutting board. Next, set the blade height of the table saw to 2-3/4 inches. Mark the boards on both long edges, 3 inches from the handle end of the board. Turn the board on one long edge and cut up to the previous cut. Turn the board over and repeat to reveal the handle.
Sand the board with fine grit sandpaper until very smooth. Apply natural beeswax finish and rub it in to seal the board.
Attach deerskin lace at the bottom of one side of the handle, leaving a 3-inch tail. Take the lace up one side of the handle, and make a 1-inch tall loop at the top and stop at the top of the other side of the handle about 1 inch from the top. Staple the lace in place. Begin wrapping the lace around the handle, pulling tightly.
Cover the staple and continue wrapping downward until you have covered the staple at the bottom. Tie the end you are wrapping to the tail you left at the bottom in a double knot. Remove excess.
Project 3: Large Slit Board
Cut a 1"x12" oak board to 16 inches. Measure 1-1/4 inches in from one long edge and mark on the short edge. Set the blade height of your table saw to 2 inches. Stand the board up on the marked short edge and cut at the mark. Make another cut directly next to the first cut, making the cut double wide. Sand the board with fine grit sandpaper until smooth.
Add a generous amount of balsamic vinegar to the entire board. Allow it to soak in. Wipe away the excess and allow it to dry. Add a second coat of balsamic vinegar and allow it to soak before rubbing it away. Seal the board with natural beeswax polish.
Cut a 3/4 inch leather strap to 11 inches, fold it in half and insert the cut ends into the slit. Pre-drill two holes on the long edge of the board through the leather straps and slit. Slowly add 2-inch wood screws to the pre-drilled holes to avoid splitting the board. Sink them slightly, but do not fill them. This will allow you to change the leather strap at a later date if necessary.