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Quick Project: Pine Chopping Board

Don't spend a fortune on a pine chopping board when you can make your own for around R80!


Our pine chopping board measures 446mm long x 270mm wide and is 32mm thick and should cost around R80 to make. Compare this to the price of a standard pine chopping board - a thin one - that costs anywhere from R150 upwards!


1 of 32mm x 69mm x 1.8 metres PAR pine - edges removed and cut into 4 equal 446mm lengths

Orbital Sander plus 120- and 240-grit sanding pads

Router and round-over bit

Howard Butcher Block Conditioner

Clean cloth


GOOD TO KNOW: Builders Warehouse stock 32 x 69 x 1.8 PAR pine @ R80. But check beforehand for stock and pricing at your nearest store.






1. Start by joining the cut planks together. To do this you can use a Kreg Pocket Hole Jig, a Tork Craft Biscuit Joiner, or glue and clamp the planks overnight.

2. Sand any uneven edge away with 120-grit sanding pads and then smooth the finish with 240-grit sanding pads. Sand the top, bottom and sides of the board.

GOOD TO KNOW: Take the time to sand away all the cutting grooves that you normally find on PAR pine.

3. Move onto the router to add a decorative edge. We used a round-over bit to give a small lip with a rounded edge.

4. When applying the butcher block conditioner, pop open the top and place in a microwave for 30-seconds. This gives the perfect viscosity for application and allows the conditioner to soak into the wood.

GOOD TO KNOW: You need to apply 3 coats of Howard Butcher Block Conditioner before using the board. This product is enriched with beeswax, carnauba wax, vitamin E and food-grade mineral oil.

Howard Butcher Block Conditioner is perfect for cutting and chopping boards, wooden bowls and utensils, and wooden countertops. You can buy Howard products online at Tools4Wood.

And now you're ready to put you new pine chopping block to good use.