DIY - Raw Edge Wood Serving Board

Making a raw edge wood serving board is a fun, easy and budget friendly DIY project.  Plus, the rustic look of it really takes your food presentation up a notch.  Style it with some fresh herbs such as rosemary, bay leaf and sage and you are well on your way to "Ooooos and Ahhhs" from all your guests.

To make the board, you will need the following:

  1. Tree stump
  2. Chain Saw
  3. Electric sander (optional)
  4. 60 grit sandpaper
  5. 400 grit sandpaper
  6. Mineral oil (available at hardware stores or kitchen stores)
Step 1:  Use the chain saw to cut the desired shape of your board.  We decided we wanted a rectangular shape for our board, however, I also had the idea of cutting several circles and using them as plate chargers. 

Remember safety first.  Wear those protective glasses!

Step 2:  Once Dave had the basic shape, it was time to sand down the board to be smooth enough for use.  Dave used an electric sander but it's not necessary.  You can sand by hand and get an excellent arm workout at the same time...multi-tasking, heck yeah!

There will be a lot of ridges in the board from the chain saw.  To smooth them out you will need a really gritty sandpaper.  Dave used 60 grit sandpaper and sanded the board until all the large ridges were out and we got the basic smoothness that we desired.

Once you are satisfied with the overall smoothness, switch to a finer grit sandpaper to refine your board even farther.  We used 400 grit sandpaper and were happy with the results.  Sand until your desired smoothness is achieved.

Our board in it's rough state before any sanding.

Step 3:  Wash your board thoroughly.  Let dry overnight.

Step 4:  Apply the mineral oil to your board.  Note that the board will soak up a ton of oil.  We really poured it on the board and it looked like way too much at first, but give it time and it will all soak in.  We let ours soak in overnight.  Repeat this for both sides of the board.  The next day we applied a second application of the oil and let it soak in again.  I also recommend putting a towel down underneath the board to prevent the oil from getting all over your table or counter top.

Step 5: Use and enjoy! 

Our board during it's inaugural use.


  1. And to think Jeff thought I was crazy when I wanted to make a tree stump side table!

    1. Ha ha! You totally should! Dave was really into the project. He wants to make another one with a better piece of wood. We just need another tree stump!


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