Everybody either has a cutting board or needs one, or two. Real wood boards are expensive, as are the nylon restaurant boards these days, and the typical board from Bed, Bath, and Beyond manages to be both tiny and expensive.
Anyway, I was just downstairs doing my impression of a pastrami maker, and was getting ready to take some pictures for future use, when I thought I'd pass along a cutting board tip. Simply, it's called Lumber Liquidators. You know, the hardwood flooring people from TV.
I don't know how well this will work for those of you living in the boondocks, but if you live near a Lumber Liquidators you're in luck. They carry 1.5"x25"x8' maple butcher block countertop material for $190.00. Cherry material for $250.00. This can be cut down and converted to nice sized cutting boards with little effort using a saw and a router with a roundover bit. I've built a bunch for presents and it takes about 10 minutes per board. One 96" piece will yield 5 nice sized cutting boards. I can assure you that a 25"x20" board is far nicer to work on than a puny little girlie board, and these look good enough that your wife will think you made it for her. In fact, make one and give it to her for Christmas.
This might even be viable for people that need to have it shipped. I don't know what shipping would run, but the idea might be possible with locally sourced materials. I saw a Roo's board in the store the other day that was about 16"x18" and it was over $100, so if you figure 5 boards out of the $190 cost of materials for this idea, you're at about $40 per board for twice the size.