DIY: How to Make a Cutting Board
Learn to hand craft this beautiful addition to any kitchen

A well-made cutting board is not only practical but also a beautiful addition to any kitchen. If you can make it yourself it adds a whole new quality. Homemade cutting boards make wonderful gifts, especially if you can get some wood with sentimental value. Whatever your reason, making your own cutting board is a great project for both beginner and advanced woodworkers.

To learn how to complete this project, you can view our video guide or full written explanation below:

For this project you’ll need:

  • Hardwood
  • Table Saw
  • Wood Glue
  • Clamps
  • Scraper or Utility Knife
  • Orbital Sander (optional)
  • Safety Gear
  • Cutting board oil
  • Lint free cloth

Steps:

  1. Cut lighter shade of wood into equally sized pieces. The size of pieces and how many you end up with is up to you, and will depend on what wood you have available.
  2. DIY How To Make a Cutting Board: Cutting Lighter Shade of Hardwood
  3. Adjust your table saw and cut your darker wood into thinner strips. It is up to you how wide or narrow these strips will be. Once this step is done, you can put the pieces together to get a little preview of your new cutting board.
  4. DIY How To Make a Cutting Board: Cutting Darker Shade of Hardwood
  5. Stack each piece of wood on its side and apply glue to each one. You can use a piece of scrap wood to smooth the glue evenly.
  6. DIY How To Make a Cutting Board: Applying Glue
  7. Once glue is applied, you can carefully stick the pieces together one by one. Grab your clamps and secure them tightly to the far sides of your newly glued cutting board.
  8. DIY How To Make a Cutting Board: Applying Clamps
  9. Wait 24 hours for glue to dry.
  10. DIY How To Make a Cutting Board: Dry 24 Hours
  11. Once dried, remove clamps and scrape away any excess glue.
  12. DIY How To Make a Cutting Board: Scrape Excess Glue
  13. Use your table saw to square off the cutting board.
  14. DIY How To Make a Cutting Board: Square Cutting Board
  15. Use the orbital sander to smooth out the wood. Use an 80 grit, moving up to 300, evenly across the board for a smooth finish.
  16. DIY How To Make a Cutting Board: Smooth with Orbital Sander
  17. Finally, add the food-safe cutting board oil to seal up the board. Use a lint-free cloth to rub it in.
  18. DIY How To Make a Cutting Board: Apply Food Safe Oil

Once the oil is dry, your cutting board is all ready to go!

DIY How To Make a Cutting Board: Finished Cutting Board

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