Get A Cool And Unique Cutting Board On The Cheap

Get A Cool And Unique Cutting Board On The Cheap

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.

Crazy Cool (and Cheap) Cutting Boards: Ask a Local Artisan! [TheKitchn]


    • There’s 2 trains of thought regarding wooden chopping boards.
      1) the Natural Oils in the wood act as an antibacterial agent and keep numbers low provided you wash it after use (the theory I subscribe to)
      2) the cuts are havens for bacteria. (these are the people who go for antibacterial plastic or glass (shudder for the blunted knives) boards.

    • Honestly, no matter what surface you use, you’re going to have bacteria on it after you open the packaging. No chopping board is going to be 100% bacteria-free, if it does claim to be antibacterial, or worse “99.9% free of bacteria” it’s breeding the sort of bacteria which cause long stays in hospitals and resist treatment if they can infect humans. Nasty stuff.

      Honestly, you’re better off keeping things clean and using a good quality board so you don’t ruin your knives and slip and cut yourself with a blunt knife.

  • This is in response to comments on killing bacteria on cutting boards. NORMAL HYGENE practices are sufficient: If you kill ALL the bacteria in your house – you will die!
    The anti-bodies you develop against bacteria require constant upgrading (just like your computer) and if you kill all the threats you will also downgrade your own immunity. Fortunately the bugs keep on changing and your immune system keeps on changing too.But have a care – someone may one day come up with some chemical that will wipe out all the bugs and we will all go with it.

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