This is DIY cutting board project from reddit user ztrobbins. His thoroughly documented process shows us how to make a cutting board from scratch, and is a great woodworking project for beginners. In fact, though it’s hard to believe, this was his first DIY cutting board ever.
Finished pic first!
Starting at the lumber yard…
Picked out my boards–about $80 total.
Skipping a few steps, glue up of the maple panels.
This is after cutting to rough length, milling (planer sled to joint, planer to dimension, router table to joint edges), rip cutting, then flipping to expose the edge grain (gluing face grain to face grain here).
After the glue ups. Looking pretty rough.
I got better with each one (make sure the rough boards end up square, make sure the rip cuts are straight, take your time with the glue up). Used the planer sled to flatten each piece and dimension to the proper depth.
Glue up of the maple-cherry-maple panel.
Don’t have special clamps to provide pressure in the center of the glue up, so just threw some tools on it.
Glue up of the maple-walnut-maple panel.
Ripping those panels at 60 degrees exactly.
Squaring up those pieces, cutting off the angled edge.
Can see it come together now! A miracle!
Glue up. There’s a lot of glue in this thing.
Planed clean and flat.
Cross cutting to 1.75”, which will be the thickness of the cutting board.
Laying them out, end grain up.
Flip every other piece 180 degrees across the X axis, and viola! Cubes!!
Flattening with my freshly made router jig and rails.
Did enough research on sending the end grain through the planer to know it’s a terrible idea.
Flattened, sanded (to 1500), chamfered around the edges, and one coat of mineral oil (so far).
The homemade cutting board is finished with 4 coats of mineral oil and a final coat of diluted bee’s wax.
Close up of the end grain and how the 3d effect comes together.
Oddly enough, my favorite part of the board is the side.
Ready for presentation!
Thanks for reading and I hope this was a helpful DIY documentation on how to make a cutting board. Woodworking is a skill that takes time to develop, but if you stick to it you’ll be making your own beautiful homemade cutting board in no time!