DIY Projects & Crafts DIY Home Projects How to Make Fallen Tree Cutting Boards By Martha Stewart Editors Martha Stewart Editors Facebook Instagram Twitter Website An article attributed to "Martha Stewart Editors" indicates when several writers and editors have contributed to an article over the years. These collaborations allow us to provide you with the most accurate, up-to-date, and comprehensive information available.The Martha Stewart team aims to teach and inspire readers daily with tested-until-perfected recipes, creative DIY projects, and elevated home and entertaining ideas. They are experts in their fields who research, create, and test the best ways to help readers design the life they want. The joy is in the doing. Editorial Guidelines Updated on December 1, 2018 Share Tweet Pin Email 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. What You'll Need Materials 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 Instructions 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. 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. 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.