DIY Projects: Wood-Burned Cutting Board

Posted: December 14, 2015 | Author: Southern Utah University | Read Time: 1 minutes


  • Bamboo or wood cutting board
  • Wood burning tool
  • Scrap wood slightly larger than your cutting board
  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Transfer paper (optional)
  • Dish soap
  • Food grade mineral oil or wood conditioner



  1. Select a drawing for this project. This project works well with both simple and more complex drawings.
  2. Transfer the drawing onto your cutting board. You can use transfer paper or cover the back of the drawing with graphite using the side of your pencil. Then tape your drawing in place on the board and trace every line using plenty of pressure.
  3. Plug in and heat up your wood-burning tool.
  4. Select a tip that will give you the right sized line for your drawing. You can choose a narrow tip or something more substantial.
  5. Use caution while you work. Be sure your work area is free of clutter and use a scrap piece of wood under your cutting board to protect your tabletop. Do not leave your hot wood-burning tool unattended.
  6. Trace every line carefully with the wood-burning tool. Use medium pressure and remember to keep the tool moving. Leaving the hot tip in one place for too long will result in a deep, dark burn.
  7. You can thicken up your lines by tracing over them multiple times and fill in areas by carefully burning the entire area to be filled.
  8. Wash the finished cutting board with warm water and dish soap, then lightly oil the board using a food grade mineral oil or cutting board conditioner.

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