I got to spend one day last week with our soon-to-be 23-year old daughter. We went shopping at IKEA, stopped for lunch and did a little more shopping at a local outlet mall. Did you catch the part where I went to IKEA? I came home with tons of ideas and inspiration and a new cutting board. I love wood cutting boards and when I saw this tutorial from Joanna Gaines’ blog, Magnolia, for DIY Wood Slice Cutting Boards, I just had to share it with you!
DIY Wood Slice Cutting Boards
As you can see, the cutting boards are just beautiful. While shopping at IKEA, I also picked up a bottle of Mineral Oil so I could treat not only my new wood cutting board, but also my existing boards. These DIY Wood Slice Cutting Boards are easy to make!
You simply need an old tree stump, sand paper, some mineral oil and a way (or someone handy) to cut the tree stump into slabs. Once you have your tree stump cut into slabs, you’ll want to be sure to allow the slab to completely dry or cure first.
How do you cure wood?
Glad you asked! You simply allow the wood time to complete dry for a period of about 4 weeks. Don’t want to wait 4 weeks? Then you can try the speed method. Simply place your slab of wood in a 200 degree oven for about an hour. But, be sure to keep a close eye on the wood if you use the speed method.
Once the wood is cured, you’ll want to sand the slabs. First, sand with coarse (50-grit) sandpaper, then with a finer (120-grit) sandpaper. Wipe off dust with a cloth.
Use a clean cloth to rub mineral oil into the wood slab. Janna says you can wait 20 minutes and then apply another coat. I’ve always applied the first coat, waited 24-hours and then applied my second coat. You may need to apply three or four coats to properly season the wood. But, trust me, you don’t want to skimp on this important step. Once you have applied your final coat of mineral oil, wipe off any excess and buff to a nice shine.
Don’t have a tree stump?
No worries! You can purchase pre-sliced and pre-sanded wood slices at your local craft or hobby store. Then you’ll just want to be sure to apply the mineral oil to condition the wood.
Love, love, love this idea and hope you do too!
Til next time…