DIY Cutting Board with HDPE Plastic
Whether you are running a restaurant, a bar, or your own kitchen, cutting boards are crucial. But cutting boards are often flimsy or don’t fit your space perfectly. And custom boards are often prohibitively expensive. But we have good news! We carry HDPE plastic for custom DIY cutting boards at low prices. Get what you need and save money in the process!
We carry HDPE Food Grade Cutting Board in three sizes:
HDPE Plastic Board
Short for “high-density polyethylene,” HDPE is strong and durable. Also, it resists moisture absorption, is easy to clean, and easy to machine. This means that your DIY cutting board will be sanitary and will stand the test of time. Also, it’s easy to custom carve your board, making something that anyone would be proud to own and work with!
Choosing your board
Once you’ve measured your space and decided the size and thickness, it’s easy to get the material. If your size happens to be one of our standard sizes, such as 12″ x 24″, just order that size and call it a day. If you need something else, just select the Create a Custom Size option and enter what you need in there!
Keep in mind that you will probably want to round off the edges of the board. So give yourself a little extra room to work with if you have doubts.
Engraving your board
Once you have figured out your pattern, whether that is a simple groove around the edges, a hand-hold slot, or something else, it’s time to make it.
We strongly encourage the mentality of “measure twice, cut once.” For this material, marking it can be a challenge, so we recommend that you make your plans on a paper template and affix that to your board. From there you can use a washable marker or something sharp to slightly score the surface for machining.
If you want to take the easy route, find a local fabricator or machinist who can cut the board and round the edges for you.
If you want to do the entire process yourself, we recommend the following tools:
- Circular saw with a carbide-tipped blade (HDPE can be cut with many types of saws. For band saws, we recommend a high speed steel blade with 4-8 teeth per inch)
- A washable marker to trace your board’s outline
- Sandpaper or sander (grit size depending on the finish required of edges)
- Hand Tools for carving (optional)
Make sure to always wear propper PPE and ensure safety is followed at all times!
Additionally, we also suggest doing a test run to make sure that your first cut is the best cut.
Good luck with your project and we hope you’ll send us pictures of the finished piece!