This wooden serving board was a diamond in the rough.
I found this wooden serving board at TJMax for $6 and loved the shape, but I wasn’t a fan of the engraved flowers (or the pen drawings on it). I was pretty sure that, with the help of a little grease, I would be able to sand the carving out of the wood. So I brought it home to try it. Took a little more work than I expected, but it worked! And now I have a simple, minimalist serving board in just the right shape without the flowers.
This would be a great project to try with what was available at the thrift store, so if you’d like more details on how I sanded it, what tools I used, etc click over.
Wood Serving Board DIY
Such serving boards, which are thick, are usually quite expensive. So when I saw the price, I jumped at it.
I almost didn’t make it to checkout because I was unsure whether I would be able to sand the engraving (it was pretty deep). And if it didn’t work, I didn’t want to waste it.
But then I convinced myself that it was possible and went home to try it.
Here are the tools I used…
That’s it! I’ve linked directly to the sander I used, in case that’s useful to you. We have many sanders and this one is the most powerful we have. Great for projects like this that require a good amount of material removal.
One last thing to note before we get started: You will also need to find a work surface to use for sanding. So keep that in mind.
If you have something freestanding that you can hang out in, that would be ideal.
Because unless you have an attachment for your sander to vacuum up all the sawdust dust, it will be a messy process.
how i removed the wood carving
I set up a work surface outside (we use it). bora centipede He turns) and clamped the wooden serving board to the table as tightly as I could.
Then, attach the sanding disc to your sander and reach for it. Depending on how deep the engraving is, you may sand a few times. If you’re just removing surface scratches, pen marks, etc., this won’t take more than a few minutes.
But for deep carving like mine, more effort will be required. I can’t remember exactly how much time I actually spent sanding, but it was definitely less than 30 minutes. So its not too late to think.
Note on sanding: Although the engraved design was only on the bottom of the serving board, I had to sand the entire surface. To avoid having an uneven surface at the end.
Once sanding is complete. wipe it off cutting board oil (by wiping with a cloth or old t-shirt) to ensure a good seal across the entire board.
Let it dry (I’d say at least 24 hours to be safe) and then it’s ready to use.
You can use the finished piece as a cutting board or serving board. Make sure to re-oil the board whenever it starts to dry out. Which usually happens only once or twice a year.
wooden serving boards to buy
And if you’ve gotten this far and are saying to yourself, eh, I don’t know if I want to try that, I’ve got you covered.
Here are some beautiful wooden serving boards that you won’t even need to DIY because they’re just perfect.
1. 2 Piece Wood Cutting Board Set $20 – Perfect for Everyday
2. Rosella Serving Board $36
3. Reyes Cutting Board $14 – such a great price!
4. simple wooden arch cutting board $85 – these are my favorites
5. oak serving board $80
6. Tikal Wood Serving Board $125 – comes in 2 colors
7. walnut cutting board $78
8. wooden arch serving board $18
9. rubber wood serving board $20
Are you looking for more serving board / cutting board inspiration? Check them out…