How to Make a Wood Bread Board

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How to Make a Wood Bread Board
People often use cutting boards as bread boards. (crusty baguette image by Richard McGuirk from

Some cooks prefer wooden cutting boards as they do not dull knives as fast as other boards, which makes cutting easier. Although you can use cutting boards as bread boards, bread boards are made differently. The main difference between bread and cutting boards are the grooves that are in a traditional bread board. These grooves catch crumbs from cutting and reduce mess. Routers make this project go quickly and you should be able to complete it in less than a day.

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Things you need

  • 1-inch by 12-inch lumber, 12 inches long
  • Pencil
  • Measuring tape
  • Router
  • 1/4-inch router bit
  • Clamps
  • Clean rags
  • Sandpaper
  • Mineral oil

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  1. 1

    Use the pencil and measuring tape to make marks every inch on the board. Do this on opposite ends of the board. Connect the marks across the board using a straightedge. At one end, measure in one inch and make a line perpendicular to the other lines just drawn. These are the guide marks for the router.

  2. 2

    Clamp the board down to a work surface, so that it will not move during routing. Fit the router with the bit and make sure it is securely in place.

  3. 3

    Work from the edge that does not have the perpendicular line with the router. Run the router up the first lint to the perpendicular line. Repeat process on the subsequent lines. Move clamps as necessary to do all the work.

  4. 4

    Wipe the board clean of shavings. Sand the board on all sides with a 400-grit sandpaper. Try not to round the freshly cut edges with the sandpaper, but still get them smooth. Wipe clean again.

  5. 5

    Dampen a rag with mineral oil, and give the entire board a thin coat. Mineral oil will help preserve the board and keep it from cracking. You should repeat this treatment periodically throughout the life of the board, especially if the board seems to be drying out.

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