Step 1: Find some reclaimed lumber. I Googled "Reclaimed Lumber Portland" and found a guy who gets a ton of it from around Oregon. My particular piece was from the Oregon coast, although I can't remember what the species was - Manzinita maybe? I got it over a year ago okay.
The entire piece of wood was around $38 and the original size was maybe 7ft x 2ft, and I used a piece of it earlier in the nursery to make a shelf. I still have enough left over to do several smaller projects with it as well.
Step 2: Cut reclaimed lumber into your desired shape - for me, it was a rectangle.
Step 3: Sand sand sand! I went the 100, 120, 220, 320, 400 grit route. I wanted it as smooth as my baby's bottom.
Step 4: Condition it. We had Boos Oil leftover from when we used to condition our butcher block counter tops (pain in my A$$) before we Waterloxed it (looove) so I applied several coats of that so the wood was nice and moist. The new owners will want to condition it every month or so to keep the wood in tip top shape.
Step 5: Apply tiny rubber feet to it. There were only a couple dollars from HD and were located in the section were you get little feet floor protectors for your chairs.
Step 6: Admire your work, and grab from HomeGoods a little serving dish and egg holder for $5 each to round out the gift.
Step 7: Syke, there is no step 7, except show up at the party and give them your gift.
Step 8: Make everyone extremely jealous with your awesome gift and get suckered into making 3 more. Drat.
Happy weekend everyone!
Until then, let's party...