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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Inexpensive Wood Cutting Board

I have been shopping around for a new thick wooden cutting board but the price has turned me off.  
 I was in Lowes last week and noticed these 1 inch thick rounds!   

                            They are 15 inch in diameter and are unfinished!  Check!

And the price was more than acceptable!   Check!

So I bought two of them!  Brought them home and finished sanding them to a smooth finish.  Rubbed them with mineral oil*, in fact I spent a couple days rubbing in multiple coats of mineral oil.  

Yeah, kinda had mineral oil everywhere but not to worry, my cutting board turned out just gorgeous!!   See the before and after!

*Mineral oil is food safe and brings out the gorgeous colors of the wood.  After each use, wash with hot water and dry well, reapply mineral oil as needed.  What a difference the oil makes and the boards will last longer.   These boards are pine and I have read conflicting reports on using pine for cutting boards, the only negative is that pine is softer and may not hold up to long term use of knives. The positive is that pine can repel bacteria, not sure if either report is correct but at this price I can replace these boards when needed and it will not break the bank! 


  1. I never knew what mineral oil was. Whatever it is, it sure made your cutting boards look great! Very creative and frugal idea!!!

  2. You’re so smart! I've looked at them many times and wondered how I could use them.

  3. Gosh! I saw those at Home Depot the other day and didn't give them a second thought. You are so smart, and the cutting board looks great with the mineral oil applied.

  4. Hi Evelyn,
    I made an executive decision that your cutting board was food related and left it at the party, it is a great idea! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a very Merry Christmas!
    Miz Helen

  5. i love this.. i never thought to use those circles to make a cutting board. i may make one and tunr it into a lazy susan for our kitchen table. i also had no i diea it was just mineral oil you put on them! thanks for linking up with the all things pretty party.

  6. What a clever, frugal idea! The mineral oil is a great finish. They're beautiful!

  7. great idea! And the rounds are prettier than rectangles.

  8. Gidday mate! What a fantastic idea! I can't wait to go check out my local hardware (without the kids) to see if they have these. I never seem to have enough of chopping boards. Hope you have a fantastic new year lovey. I'm featuring this idea at tomorrow's party. Always a pleasure to have you link up!

    Anne xx

  9. Keep a spray bottle of white vinegar (undiluted) by your sink. Any time you wash a cutting board, then spray it down with the vinegar and wash off with clear, cool water. You'll have disinfected it as well as if you'd done it with bleach! And, when you bring in veggies, fruit, etc., wash briefly in lukewarm, soapy water. Rinse, spray down with the vinegar, rinse again, and let dry. You'll have disinfected them from anyone who picked up that particular piece with germs on their hands!!


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