Who doesn’t need a cutting board?

Good morning friends!

I’m sorry for being AWOL as of late – our family took a belated vacation, which I’ll share more about in another post – but for today I want to show you a project I’m quite pleased with: my new cutting board!

A friend (thank you Sherri) gave me an off-cut of an Ikea Hammarp countertop that was leftover from a kitchen remodel she’d done.

Cutting board, Ikea Hammarp counter, cutting boards

It’s made from oak and has sat in my garage for MONTHS – I just didn’t get around to doing anything with it.

Until this week.

The counter was a large piece – too big for a cutting board or serving tray, but too small to be a tabletop, so I decided to cut it down to more manageable pieces.

Cutting board, Ikea Hammarp counter, cutting boards

I didn’t want just a plain slab of wood for my cutting board, so I drilled a hole in the top corner so I could easily slide it in and out off of a shelf or cupboard.

This still didn’t seem like enough ‘oomph’ so, ladies and gentlemen, I used a ROUTER for the first time EVER!

Hubby’s had one in the basement for longer than I’ve had this blog, but I hadn’t taken the leap to learn how to use it.  Now that I have, you may be seeing routered edges on everything I make going forward!

For my cutting board I went with a champfer bit (45° angle) set to about half the depth of the wood.

Cutting board, Ikea Hammarp counter, cutting boards

The black marks you see are where I held it in place too long, or bumped an edge instead of a smooth glide.

First time remember.

I thought the handle hole was a little small (and I was having fun with the router) so I decided to give it a little edging as well.

Cutting board, Ikea Hammarp counter, cutting boards

I sanded out the black marks and made sure everything was perfectly smooth going from 120 grit sandpaper, 220, then to 320 grit to finish.

Cutting board, Ikea Hammarp counter, cutting boards

I cleaned the cutting board off to remove any sanding dust and then coated it with cutting board oil and let it soak in overnight.  (video on Instagram)

Cutting board, Ikea Hammarp counter, cutting boards

The next day, I gave the boards a nice coating of cutting board wax and they are done!

Cutting board, Ikea Hammarp counter, cutting boards

Cutting board, Ikea Hammarp counter, cutting boards

Oak is a hard wood, so be warned that while it’s a great surface to cut on, it will probably dull your knives over time.

Cutting board, Ikea Hammarp counter, cutting boards

I’m loving that champfered edge!

I also love the look of layered cutting boards, so having two makes a pretty display when not in use and allows two cooks to work simultaneously without cross-contamination between foods.

Cutting board, Ikea Hammarp counter, cutting boards

This makeover took 30 minutes (not including the time it took me to set up the router and watch 3 videos on how to use it) – so it’s a great “whip out in no time” project.

Cutting board, Ikea Hammarp counter, cutting boards

Also a great gift idea for just about anyone on your Christmas list!

Cutting board, Ikea Hammarp counter, cutting boards

 


I’ll share more about our vacay in another blog post – I can’t wait to tell you what I learned!

Have a great one – and stay warm!

 

2018-06-18T13:38:52-04:00December 13th, 2017|REFINISH/REPURPOSE|0 Comments

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