Thursday, August 23, 2018

DIY Rustic Bread Board

I believe in easy, quick DIY's. A project you can finish in an afternoon gives you a huge sense of accomplishment and can be placed in your home almost immediately. This bread board is perfect because it can modified a million ways to meet your exact criteria! It could be painted, stained, oiled, or left natural. Give them as gifts, decorate your kitchen, make your own cutting board. The possibilities are endless! Let's get started.

First you'll need a thick plank of wood. The size, thickness, and type of wood is your choice. I went with a large, thick piece of cedar. Cedar is great for this project if you are wanting something decorative only.  Cedar is a soft wood and wouldn't work well as a cutting board. If you are wanting to use it as a cutting board, choose a hard wood, like hickory.

Depending upon the look you're going for you can hand draw or measure out the handle exactly. For a more rustic, primitive look, you can draw it out. Most primitive antiques aren't perfectly even, so that saves us the trouble of making everything exact. Drawing out and cutting straight lines is easier, so I did all of the rounding with the sander instead of cutting the curves into the board.
With a jigsaw, cut out the general shape of your board. Again, exact measurements aren't necessary. You can see in my picture that I did a wonky job, but the sanding will take care of it.
Let's start sanding. This part takes the most time, but makes the most difference. With this bread board, you'll want to make it smooth and rounded. Corners are your enemies. If it doesn't look like your great-great-grandmother kneaded dough on it every day of her life, keep sanding.  Round down the corners and edges until they feel smooth and soft. Sand and sand and sand until you love the shape. Depending upon the type of wood, this may be easier said than done. As expected, soft woods will be easier to sand than hard woods. The next picture shows how I rounded the corner on the right and left the corner on the left to show contrast.
Next, get your drill ready with the largest bit you have. Mark a spot in the middle of your handle and drill a hole for the strap. These are traditional with a bread board, so you'll want to have one if you're trying to be accurate.
Finally, it's time to decide on a finish. If you're looking to use it as a cutting board, you could rub it down with linseed or olive oil to seal the wood. If you are hoping to decorate with it, you have a lot more options. Paint or stain will both look great. I went with a watered down gray stain and lightly rubbed a dark walnut stain over the top. Watering down stain allows the wood grain to show through more clearly, making the finish have a faded look. And here's the finished product!
Again, my favorite part of this project is how many ways it can be altered to fit your needs! Now, I want to see your version! Leave a comment below to tell us the modifications you made :) Happy creating!


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