It should come as no surprise that I like to give handmade, personalized gifts. Especially for weddings, and I’d like to think that most new brides are as excited as I was as a newlywed to see my new last name everywhere. 🙂
I also like to give useful gifts…things that will be treasured and desired long after the honeymoon. This is one of the reasons I decided to give a cutting board and knife set to our friends who recently got married. I went to the local kitchen store to get my supplies and headed home to engrave the cutting board.
I’ve engraved lots of wood items, including several cutting boards, but when working with a new style or brand you never know how exactly it’s going to turn out until you try. I only bought one board so I only had one shot.
Guess what…? I messed up.
It wasn’t all that bad, really.Since the board was constructed of two types and tones of wood the design had light and dark spots, which is understandable. I could’ve engraved another time or two to make the etching darker and deeper, and that probably would’ve been okay.
Let me rephrase that. I tried to engrave it a second time, but I must’ve bumped something because the second engraving wasn’t 100% accurately lined up with the first run so I decided to just scrap the project and do something else with the same design:
(You can read more about that project on this post!)
Anywho…I now had a half-engraved cutting board. I suppose I could keep it and use it myself, but that seems weird. What if we had these friends over for dinner and whipped out this lovely board with their name on it?! Awkward! =)
So I dug around in the garage, found my husband’s orbital saw, and got to work.
I was delighted that is was much easier than I expected! I’ve never sanded anything before, nor have I attempted to “erase” an engraving before, so this is a handy trick to keep in my back pocket for future reference. And now I have a blank slate to engrave again, or leave it as is!
So, now that you’ve seen both gifts…which is your favorite?