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How to Make a Butcher-Block Cutting Board

A small drop of butcher-block material from an undermount sink cut-out is repurposed as a new oversized cutting board.

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Cutting board
  • Time

    2 hours

  • Price Range

    $1 - $50

  • Difficulty



Shape the Butcher Block

Before countertop installation begins, ask the installer to take special care of any drops. If required, cut the butcher-block drop to remove saw marks and notches. Once shaped, smooth the perimeter of material with an orbital sander, removing only blade marks and high spots, and take care not to reshape the piece.

Route the Cutting Board

Secure the butcher block to a work surface with padded clamps. Using a 3/8” roundover bit and working slowly, run the bit along the perimeter of the butcher block on both the top and bottom edges.

Next, examine the butcher block to determine its top side. On the bottom side, center a 4"- to 6"-wide mark along each shorter edge. Using the 1/2" cove bit and starting in the center of each mark, work out to remove the length.

Using a piece of sandpaper, remove any burned or burnished spots.

Finish the Cutting Board

Using steel wool and smoothing out the wood grain, rub down the entire board in a circular motion. Using a clean cotton towel, apply the butcher-block oil liberally and per the label. Once dry, enjoy!

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