6 Simple Steps to Make a Decorative Hardwood Cutting Board

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1. Slice Some Strips

In this video, we started off with an assortment of boards in different widths but each individual 1 20″-or-so prolonged

  • 3 boards of walnut
  • 2 boards of mahogany, and
  • 1 board of hard white maple

So we slash every single board into strips 1-1/4″ wide.  This dimension will develop into the thickness of the reducing board – so you can pick out a diverse dimension if you want. 

Then we picked a few of all those strips and ripped them into thinner strips, but rotated them to maintain the 1-1/4″ width. Thus, some strips have been 1/4″ x 1-1/4″ or 3/8″ x 1-1/4″. Somewhere in there. It is not a essential how slim you rip them. The thinner strips simply give a minor bit of visual fascination in the last task. 

2. Prepare Strips in a Sample You Like

Then we lined up the strips and arranged them into a sample. 

As soon as we settled on the arrangement, we utilized a felt-tip marker to strike an X throughout the job. That offers you a queue or a line to hold every single piece in the appropriate posture, just in situation they by some means get out of buy. 

3. Glue It Up

We then divided the chopping board into two sections and glued each and every area individually. This was just to continue to keep the task workable given that there had been so a lot of strips. We believed two sections were being less complicated to deal with than a single. 

Use Titebond II, and spread the glue on each individual piece to get entire protection. Then clamp it up, and use 1 clamp each 8 inches or so. 

The parts are going to slip close to. Which is normal, if not discouraging. But just go with it, and do your best to continue to keep them as flush as achievable

4. Airplane It Easy

If you really do not have a planer, you can use a handheld router. You’ll have to have to make a carriage and sled, and use as big of a straight or mortising little bit as you have. Search YouTube for “router planing sled” and you’ll come across a handful of tutorials.

This procedure will also ascertain the ultimate thickness of the undertaking. Even even though we ripped our strips to 1-1/4″, the reducing board final thickness ended up at 1-1/16″.

And that’s okay. 

5. Cut To Measurement + Give It Shape

We utilized a template to make a curve on the two finishes of the cutting board. You can do the exact same, or you could select to make a totally various condition. 

The trick, although, is to use a template (except if you just cut a rectangle on your desk saw). You are going to most most likely have to have to devote some time earning the template, and shaping it to perfection. Then trace the template onto your chopping board, rough out the shape with a jigsaw or bandsaw.

Then use double sided tape to affix the template to the workpiece and use a flush trim router little bit to trim it. It is a slick method, and after you study the technique you will return to it in excess of and more than on far more assignments in the long term.   

Also, use a router to form the edges. We applied a 3/8″ roundover which is about as easy as it will get. 

6. Sand It + Oil It

We sanded just about every side of the reducing board starting up with 100 grit, then 120, 150, 180, and 220 to make it child-base smooth. 

We applied Howard’s Reducing Board Oil by drenching it and allowing it sit for 20 minutes. Then used a little much more, and let that sit for an additional 20 minutes. 

Then we wiped off the surplus oil.

And that’s it! Chopping board is completely ready to use. 

Extra Chopping Board Tips

  • Don’t soak a hardwood chopping board in water
  • Wipe it with a moist sponge immediately after every single use
  • Sand and re-oil when it starts to show some age (about each individual 6 months)


Vice President of Operations – Woodworkers Resource
We’re a loved ones-owned lumber & woodworking supply retailer with 3 delightful shops in Arizona, and 35 welcoming workforce.
Mark oversees the corporation and makes tutorials on wood ending and woodworking tips for hardwood lumber.

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