Every restauranteur and bartender has a go-to supply store when it comes to purchasing produce, equipment and supplies needed to keep the business running smoothly, and we at Online Metals think that when it comes to buying a cutting board for food prep, it’s a cheaper proposition to order a high-quality food grade cutting board from us. With standard sizing ranging from 12″ x 12″ plastic HDPE to 24″ x 48″ cutting boards and beyond (custom sizing is available as well), see how we can save you money and get you equipped for the weekend rush.
But today’s topic isn’t specifically about cutting boards for restaurants – it’s about turning food grade high-density polyethylene (HDPE) sheet into a beautiful custom carving board that anyone would be proud to own and work with. Fabricating a custom cutting board is simple if you have the tools, and acquiring the tools needed can be done if your budget is within range, but DIYers will tell you that if you look closely enough, there’s likely a fabricator or machine shop near you that may be able to get the job done at a price that works.
Step 1: Ordering HDPE Sheet from our Online Facility
Questions that you’ll have:
• What size will your end product be?
• How thick will your finished board need to be?
Once you know the dimensions required for your customized carving block, order with confidence online. We ship fast with multiple methods up to next-day air and we offer Will Call service for Seattle, Los Angeles, Dallas/Fort Worth, Toledo, New Haven, CT and Atlanta neighbors where we can have your materials ready with same-day service!
Step 2: Creating a Design for your Cutting Board
Questions that you’ll have:
• Will my design fit with the raw board material?
• Will my finished board be a usable cutting board?
• What should I use for my design outline?
We like to think of ourselves as creative DIYers, but ultimately, your final design should be a reflection of your own inner artist! Using the length and height of the material, draw an outline of the outer shape of your board on paper and after ensuring that it’ll fit, trace the design on your HDPE plastic sheet. Measuring twice and cutting once saves you the grief that comes with a cutting board that isn’t cut to proper specifications – trust us, we see it all of the time.
If you’re looking to add designs or extra add-ons to your board, remember that the primary function of a cutting board is to provide a solid surface to prepare food, and the primary function of an HDPE plastic cutting board is to ensure that food safety is respected with a food-grade surface. That being said, your creativity is only limited to your own imagination and inspiration, so the sky is truly the limit when it comes to decoration.
Step 3: Fabricating a Polyethylene Cutting Board – Easy Versus DIY Mode
If you want to take the easy route, we recommend finding a local fabricator or machinist who can cut the board and round the edges for you. We’ll discuss the tools that will be required below – there is absolutely no judgment from us on which method you require, we’re more than glad to give you as many options as you need! If you end up creating a food-grade masterpiece, give us a shout-out and we can feature your skill on our site!
That being said, if you want to take the full DIY route, you’re going to need the following:
• 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
When it comes to cutting shapes in HDPE, there are many tool options and we expect most usage to require straight-line cutting with minimal edging or rounding. If this is your first time to use machining or cutting equipment, we always recommend you use proper PPE and ensure safety is followed at all times. In addition, we also suggest doing a test run to make sure that your first cut is the best cut. Our goal at OnlineMetals is to provide the highest quality materials at prices that compete and beat the other guys. Order online, give us a call at (800) 704-2157 and save money on costly cutting boards today!