“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” ~Maya Angelou
Handmade Farmhouse Bread Boards – Farmhouse Wood Cutting Board/ Baguette Bread Board/ Charcuterie Cutting Board/ Serving Board with Handle
Cutting boards come in all shapes and sizes- from something that takes up the whole kitchen island to something that is small and personal size. Each is beautiful and unique from the type of wood used, the graining, and the type of sealant used.
Handmade Bread Boards
There is just something about bread boards leaning around the kitchen with all of their unique charm that just kind of makes me happy and think about home. You might say I have an obsession. So, when I ran across some cast-off knotty alder wood boards from the barn doors built for our house, I got creative.
Built In Charm
Those little old cutting boards come with their own built-in charm. Whether using a vintage or a reproduction, new, or handmade farmhouse bread board- it is all about the charm in the style, size, shape and details. I love simple rectangular boards, square boards, round boards, and even wood slice boards- along with so many others.
These two charmers are made from alder wood and sealed with food-grade mineral oil. I thought I might leave them around the kitchen, so food safe sealing was important.
For most of the steps I didn’t document with photos since I didn’t know how this would turn out.
The first step – was to create my design and pattern. I used a simple sheet of paper folded in half to create some symmetry in the top shape and handle. I wasn’t really meticulous with this since a rustic appearance is what I wanted. I traced out my simple design and cut it out of the paper.
Step two – I cut and trimmed the boards to achieve a clean square cut.
Step three – I then traced the pattern for the ‘shoulder’ and handle on the board.
Step four – Using a jigsaw I cut out the shape.
Step five – Sanding! A lot of sanding. I sanded all edges for a smooth finish and rounded off the sharp edges.
Step six – Drilled a hole in the handle. (I used the above same process for the smaller cutting boards.)
For the larger board I used wood markers to create a base to elevate it. I measured the wooden markers, cut them using my table saw, and simply nailed them to the board.
From Large and in Charge to Simple and Sweet
The largest wooden cutting board measures 11w x 26 1/2 “, the smaller rectangular boards- the medium 7 3/4″x 19″, and the small measures 7 3/4″ x 17 1/2”.
Each hand made farmhouse bread board is made to be rustic, so they do have unique marks and cuts on them. I wanted them to be original. The handles are not perfect as you can see from the picture. I did this to add that old rustic charm and character to them.
Oh, they are so fun. From large and in charge to simple and sweet. I love the ones with handles that look like they are ready to slice a loaf of French bread or layout some tasty nibbles. They are so fun to use for display on the counter, for serving and even setting hot dishes on.
Tip: Make sure that your boards are food safe before using. Some of them are merely for decorative use- and some vintage might need to be deep cleaned and disinfected before using.
Tip: A key is to mix and match various styles and sizes. Layer different heights and add some chunky wood for interest.
Cozy Up Your Counter Space
How do you cozy up your counter space? I would say adding and layering up cutting boards; new or vintage is a great way to cozy up your kitchen counters. Give me all the stacks of the boards. So beautiful for serving anything- from cheese and fruit to cake. Beautiful as they stand alone. Perfect for laying out the nibbles on.
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