DIY Wood Slice Cutting Boards June 18, 2015 Cutting boards are not only practical kitchen must-haves, but are also a beautiful way to present food at events or gatherings and make cute gifts. Transforming an old tree stump into a cutting board is just a matter of cutting the tree stump into slabs and allowing the wood to completely dry or cure. Even if you don’t have a stump on hand, this is a simple project! If you have a stump, cut it into slabs of your size and shape preference and then let the wood dry or cure naturally for a period of about 4 weeks. If you want to expedite drying, you can hurry the process along by drying the slabs in the oven. Just Set the oven to 200 – 225 degrees, place the wood slab in center rack for approximately 1 hour. Please monitor it closely as long as it is in the oven. Remove from oven and allow slab to cool completely. Using protective eye gear, sand slab down with a palm sander, sand with coarse (50-grit) paper. Finish sanding with a finer (120-grit) sand paper. Wipe off dust with a cloth. Use a clean, soft cloth to rub mineral oil or food-safe butcher block conditioner into wood. Let the conditioner soak in for at least 20 minutes; wipe off excess and buff the wood to a nice sheen. Repeat as necessary, applying three to four coats of conditioner to season the surface. Make sure you scrape off any loose debris, such as moss off the bark using a stiff-bristle brush. Wipe with cloth or blast with compressed air machine if you have one available. If you don’t have a tree stump on hand, no worries. You can purchase pre-cut and pre-sanded wood slices at your local craft supply store. Using a soft cloth rub mineral oil or food-safe butcher block conditioner into the wood. Allow your wood slice to dry, and repeat process 3-4 times as needed. These fun cutting boards also make great plate chargers and look beautiful as a base for a flower arrangement. Make large versions for wedding or event centerpieces, and add flowers and vintage bottles in the center. As usual, make it your own and have fun. Enjoy!