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Cameron shows us how to create a beautiful monogrammed carving board perfect for your table this Thanksgiving.
DIY Turkey Carving Board
Level:
Intermediate
How-To:
Kitchen Tools

MATERIALS:

  • Existing cutting board with juice groove
  • Drill
  • ½” and 1” forstner bits
  • 1”x 2” or 1” x 3” depending on the height of your turkey platter
  • Wood glue
  • Clamps
  • 400 grit sandpaper
  • Stencil or letter cut out
  • Pencil
  • Measuring tape
  • Wood burning tools
  • Butcher block conditioner
  • Rag
  • Optional:
    • Saw
    • Masking tape

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Mark and drill evenly spaced holes into the juice groove on the back edge with a ½” bit.
  2. Design and mark the grip pattern in the center of the board.
  3. Use a forstner bit to drill the design ¼” deep into the board where marked. PRO TIP: Using a variety of sizes in bits will make a more interesting design.
  4. Sand the surface of the board and any rough edges or spots especially around the edges created when drilling.
  5. Place and trace the monogram onto the board with pencil. Use masking tape to hold it in place if necessary.
  6. Wood burn the monogram. Outline first with a narrow tip then fill in with long, slow strokes.
  7. Cut or have the legs cut out of 1” x 2” to length of the cutting board. PRO TIP: If your turkey platter is tall, you may need to use 1” x 3” to give it more height.
  8. Adhere the legs to the board. Apply glue to the top edge of each 1” x 2”, with the board upside down, set the leg glue side down on the edge of the board and clamp in place. Repeat on the other side. Wipe away any glue that seeps out immediately. Allow the glue to set up overnight.
  9. Condition the board with butcher block conditioner. Allow to dry and enjoy!

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