Looking for an exotic cutting board for your kitchen without spending $$$ on it? Local woodworking outfits can help you get an eye-catching and custom cutting board on the cheap.
Local furniture and woodworking shops have tons of scraps. Even with careful purchasing and ripping of raw wood it's inevitable they'll end up with quite a bit of little and otherwise unusable pieces. Those otherwise unusable pieces can be repurposed to become the components of a beautiful cutting board. Over at the TheKitchn, a blog concerned with all things culinary related, they discovered what a great deal they could find by poking around at local shops.
While chatting with Jerad Foster, a local Kansas City woodworking artisan, we learned something very cool. Although his studio is best known for making grand custom furniture pieces, he has also been putting his scraps to use in making killer cutting boards at super reasonable prices! So what if you're not local? We're glad you asked!
Any woodworker is bound to have scraps lying around their shop and all it takes is a quick phone call to see if they can turn them into a custom cutting board for your kitchen. They will probably be happy to make something from the leftovers and turn a small profit. You'll be happy that you didn't pay outrageous retail prices for a quality cutting board, and that you supported a local artisan.
We should note that normally when we say "on the cheap" around here we mean "you can do it with a binder clip and tape" not "you can save a hefty percentage off the usually high price". In the example above Jerad sells his cutting boards for $US20-50 which is quite a steal compared to the $US100-200+ we found for similarly hefty and attractive boards.