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DIY Personalized Cutting Board

Paige Paige

 California Cutting Board!
I was going to say a “state cutting board”, but as I attempted to make my home state of Wisconsin, I realized that it kind of looked like a cutting board gone wrong.  And although I love my dear state of Wisconsin, I realized that unless you want to people to think you are a hack with a jig saw, stick to a really cool-looking state like Cali or Texas.  If you watch this clip, however, you will see that Cristina Ferrare found a way to incorporate my home state with a cutting board filled with cheese!  I’m still a cheese-head at heart!
I joined forces with Mark Steines to make this cutting board, and even taught him a thing or two about how to engrave into wood with a burning tool.  It was so fun!  Now, I might be a dork for saying burning wood was really fun, but I’m ok with that.  Oh, and I even considered making Mark’s home state of Iowa, but sadly that state shares the same fate as Wisconsin.  Cristina is from Ohio…guess what…same fate.
Which leads me to today’s project….A California Cutting Board!  A great gift to give anyone for a special occasion is a something they can use on a daily basis in their kitchen. This is a way that you can personalize an everyday item and turn it into a unique and heart-felt gift….A personalized cutting board from their home state! You can make a cutting board in the shape of any one of the 50 states (or even countries).  If your state offers a less-than-desirable shape, then you can do any emblem or symbol you want!  And if it’s its just too darn beautiful to chop your onions on it, you can hang it on the wall as an art piece.  No matter what you are celebrating, this project is the perfect way to put a personal touch on a unique gift!

Mark Steines and Cristina Ferrare welcome actress, Rochelle Aytes from ABC’s “Mistresses”. Host of the new VH1 reality competition series, “Twinning”, Angie Greenup tells us what to expect with the help of identical twin competitors, Adam and Cory Zinker! 14-year-old cooking prodigy, Chef Jack Witherspoon makes us one of his favorite dishes: Crash Hot Potatoes with Citrus Marinated Flank Steak! Make your Summer picnic healthy with tasty and nutritious Salads in a Jar that travel well from Sophie Uliano. Celebrate your state! Paige Hemmis and Mark Steines team up to show you how to create a cutting board shaped like your home state! Debbie Matenopoulos shows us how to use trendy Pineapples and Palm Tree prints on our favorite things..Dr. William Magee III tells us how his parents founded Operation Smile and how the organization repairs cleft palates for children all over the world.

  • Electric jig saw
  • A printed template of the state or country of symbol you would like to make (which you can find the shape you like on the internet)
  •  A router to shape the edges (optional – this is just for a more finished look.  If you don’t have access to a router, just take sand paper and sand back your edges.)
  • A piece of wood (this can be plywood, solid wood, pine, etc.)  I will be using a 12” x 16” piece of wood that is ¾” thick which is a product called “basswood” which is similar to pine and very easy to cut. I found mine at a craft store.  The size of the cutting board is up to you.  I also bought a smaller 9” x 11” piece of bamboo to test out.
  • Stain – water based (optional)
  • Polyurethane or another type of wood sealant
  • Sand paper
  • Clamps to hold wood in place (or a friend to hold it for you!)
  • Any additions you would like (I am going to experiment here with a wood burning tool to engrave someone’s name…but I’ve never tried it before so it might not work! Someone can also add paint color if they would like.)
  • Safety glasses

How To:

  1. Print out a picture (outline) of the state you would like to use on the internet.
  2. Cut out this picture and trace the outline of your state onto your wood.
  3. Attach your wood to a solid base by using clamps (you may have to move this around as you cut out your state, but always make sure that your wood is securely clamped down before you make any cuts!)
  4. Take your jig saw and cut out the outline of your state.
  5. At this point, you can simply sand the edges of your state so that the area around the entire surface is smooth. If you are feeling extra crafty, take a router with a fun bit on the end and smooth out the edges of your state. Lightly sand by hand after you’ve routed the wood.
  6. If you would like to add stain to color the wood, do so now.
  7. If you would like to add any additions such as wood burning, engraving or paint, do so now.
  8. Let the wood dry completely.
  9. Add a layer of polyurethane (or any wood sealer). If the type of wood is very absorbent, you may need to add several coats of poly. You just want to make sure that anything you cut on the board will not soak up into the board (you don’t want bacteria forming after you’ve cut red meat or chicken on your cutting board!)
  10. Give your gift!

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