Make Your Own Breadboard

Make Your Own Breadboard

 

Make a Breadboard

Today I want to show you how to make your own breadboard!  Really, there’s nothing quite like a real vintage bread board. They hold so much character from use and the wear of time.

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You can find bread boards at antique shops, estate sales and auctions, and on Etsy. A larger sized bread board will most likely be $100 or more.   Making your own breadboard is pretty easy.  But, you will need a jigsaw to cut out the handle.

Homemade Breadboard

I did some research and decided why not try to make my own bread board. The hardest thing I found was trying to find the right piece of wood. I wanted a maple board that was at least 10 inches wide. To my surprise, maple boards this wide are not easily available – especially at the local Lowe’s or Home Depot. Most of the wood sold at these stores is called “white wood” – which is most always pine. Really, the type of wood is your preference.  If your breadboard is going to be purely decorative, a piece of pine would be just fine! We finally found a local lumbar yard that had a rough cut piece of maple for $5 a foot. My brother in law has a planer and Mark ran the rough cut plank through the planer until we had a smooth surface. It’s not super smooth because I wanted the board to look old and weathered.

DIY Breadboard

On one end of the board I drew the design for the handle and Mark used the jigsaw to cut it out. Then he drilled a hole in the handle. I used sandpaper to sand around the edges. For the finish, you want to make sure the board is food safe. Most places I found recommended food grade mineral oil, which is also used to seal butcher block. However, it doesn’t give the wood any color.

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I finally found a product sold by The Real Milk Paint Company called Dark Raw Tung Oil, which is approved as food safe by the FDA. This product gives an antique look while providing a water resistant coating. An 8 oz. bottle is $9.35. Please be aware that not all tung oil is FDA approved. This is the only product that I could find that provides color and water resistance and is also food safe.

Make a Vintage Style Breadboard

 

In total, I did spend about $25 for the bread board, but it’s something that I’ll use quite a bit and is just the right size for my table. I’d love for you to stop by Hymns and Verses and follow along with me there!  

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  1. Love this idea! Never thought to make one myself. Thanks for sharing!
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  2. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. :

    Beautiful Doreen! I love your breadboards!

  3. I collect breadboards and have never thought of actually making one myself. I will definitely give this a try.

    I’ll have to practice those curves with my jigsaw.
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  4. I was just thinking of making some for myself. I love the look of a collection hanging but I have not found any anywhere around here. I use the Tung Oil (same brand and from the same source) for my butcher block counters and I love it. For added protection I add a coat of salad bowl beeswax and buff that out, it is food safe (obviously since it is for salad bowls) and it smells great (like honey). I have a friend who has a cabinet shop I can get the wood from. I love it when someone has already done something I am thinking of doing and shares, that way I can see if my idea has merit or if I am headed for a fail! 🙂

  5. These is absolutely gorgeous! I never thought of making my own bread board ~ yours is perfection.
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  6. SWEET! love this idea!
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