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Tree Cutting Boards

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, January 2011


Turn fallen tree trunks into elegant cutting boards with this how-to from "The Martha Stewart Show" crafter Hosanna Houser.

Resources: Howard Butcher Block Conditioner and all tools available at The Home Depot.


  • Recovered fallen tree trunk

  • Chainsaw

  • Safety glasses

  • Palm sander

  • 50-grit and 120-grit sandpaper

  • Tack cloth

  • Food-safe butcher block conditioner

  • Clean, soft cloths


  1. Cut tree into slabs ranging from 1 inch to 2 inches thick. Let wood dry out for approximately one month.

    Tip: Cut more slabs than needed in case some pieces split while drying.

  2. Wear safety glasses while working with the slabs. Using a palm sander, sand with coarse (50-grit) paper. Finish sanding with a finer (120-grit) paper. Wipe off dust with a tack cloth.

  3. Use a clean, soft cloth to rub food-safe butcher block conditioner into wood. Let conditioner soak in for at least 20 minutes; wipe off excess and buff the wood to a nice sheen. Repeat as necessary, applying three to four coats of conditioner to season the surface.

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