How To Make & Personalize An Oak Cutting Board

by Texas Homesteader ~

This past Christmas our primary homemade gift to our children & other loved ones was homemade Farmhouse Cheddar Cheese. (Be watching, I’ll be sure to share our different flavor recipes including our trial-n-error steps)

But how to present the cheese to our gift recipients? When RancherMan & I were brainstorming about presentation ideas, we decided we wanted a cheeseboard to go with our gift. So we started looking online.

We were pretty surprised at how expensive even a very small cheeseboard was. Even at the discount shops.

Plus – as is our norm – we really wanted to personalize them anyway. So we decided to make the cutting boards ourselves.

How to make your own oak cutting board. We presented these cheeseboards with our homemade cheeses as a very personal homemade gift. #TexasHomesteader

Obtaining The Oak Wood

We decided we wanted our cutting boards to be made of oak. So RancherMan bought a 6-ft long 8″ x 1/2″ oak board. We were able to use our credit card reward points too. So we had no money out of pocket for the actual wood.

Then we decided to cut that long board into 6 cheeseboards. Each board would be approximately 8″x12″. So RancherMan measured, marked and cut the long board into 6 individual cheeseboards.

Cutting long oak board into individual cheese boards. How to make your own oak cutting board. We presented these cheeseboards with our homemade cheeses as a very personal homemade gift. #TexasHomesteader

When the cheeseboards were cut to size we used a sander to sand all the rough edges of each board. Then a hand rasp was used to round the corners.

Let me tell ya, that will give you a workout! We don’t really work with wood very often so our woodworking hand tools are pretty rustic. LOL.

After the corners were rounded we sanded the edges once again to make a smoother finish.

Sentimental Personalization

But now how to personalize it? That question didn’t remain very long.

Sunrises Forever. How to make your own oak cutting board. We presented these cheeseboards with our homemade cheeses as a very personal homemade gift. #TexasHomesteader

We used a hot branding iron to brand the corner of each board. This brand is sentimental to us and recognized by all in our family. It symbolizes our way of life: Sunrises Forever.

It reminds us that each new sunrise is a fresh start, a blank slate. A brand new chance to do something GREAT! We knew our family would love it.

Branding the homemade cutting boards. How to make your own oak cutting board. We presented these cheeseboards with our homemade cheeses as a very personal homemade gift. #TexasHomesteader

When the wood had been cut, sanded and branded, RancherMan used a 5/8″ paddle bit to drill a hole in one corner for easy hanging if need be. Now that will be convenient. So let’s stand back & look… Yeah, we like it!

Protecting The Wood

The final step was to coat the surfaces of the cutting board with food-grade mineral oil. Not only does this help protect the wood, but it did a fantastic job of bringing out that beautiful oak grain.

How to make your own oak cutting board. We presented these cheeseboards with our homemade cheeses as a very personal homemade gift. #TexasHomesteader

How to make your own oak cutting board. We presented these cheeseboards with our homemade cheeses as a very personal homemade gift. #TexasHomesteader

When it was time to package our gifts to our kids, we included different flavors of our homemade Farmhouse Cheddar cheese.

We’d made regular Cheddar, Garlic & Chive flavor & Italian flavor that used dried herbs from my garden. After each cheese was made it was pressed, cut, dried, waxed and carefully aged.

How to make your own oak cutting board. We presented these cheeseboards with our homemade cheeses as a very personal homemade gift. #TexasHomesteader

As we sat the wedges on our homemade cutting board, we pondered how to keep the cheese from just sliding off the board.

I could try to tie a big ribbon around it, but I’m not sure that would properly secure the cheese since they’re triangular. Or we could buy those large plastic bags that you heat to shrink wrap something.

But, you know, new plastic being bought. Surely there’s a better way.

Presenting Our Gift

In the end we located some net bags that produce was once purchased in. I’d sat them back in case I needed to make more Pot Scrubbers. But now they worked perfectly here for our gifts.

We simply slid the cutting board and cheeses into a net bag. A cotton string was used to ‘sew’ the ends closed. A ribbon & sprig of fresh oregano was added to the end to further embellish our cutting board and homemade cheese gift.

Once again this gift was handmade from our hearts. And once again we were able to show our love while staying true to our values. 

Share Your Favorites!

What about you? Do you love homemade gifts as much as we do? What are your favorite gifts to make or receive?

~TxH~

Eco-Friendly Gift Ideas:

Low-Waste Gift Ideas #TexasHomesteader

See All Our Eco-Friendly Posts

Low-Waste Gift Wrapping & Presentation

C’mon by & sit a spell!  Come hang out at our Facebook Page . It’s like sitting in a front porch rocker with a glass of cold iced tea.  There are lots of good folks sharing!  And you can also follow along on Pinterest, Instagram Twitter

If you’d like to receive an email when a new blog post goes live,
subscribe to our Blog!

Spread the love

2 thoughts on “How To Make & Personalize An Oak Cutting Board

  1. ColleenB.~Tx.

    Cutting boards look Fantastic. What a wonderful gift; and it’s something that will be used quite often I’m sure, plus it makes for a nice family keepsake.
    Homemade gifts are Always the best, as they are made with lots of love that comes from the heart.
    Great job

    Reply
    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Thank you for your kind words, sweet girl. I was shocked at how expensive a teeny cheeseboard was going to cost. I’m so pleased that we thought to just start from scratch and make them ourselves. I use mine all the time, and I know the kids do too. Gifts made with love… ~TxH~

      Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

* Please enter the Biggest Number

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.