Patterned Cutting Board for Beginners

Patterned Cutting Board for Beginners

"All you have to do is glue, clamp, saw, flip, glue and sand! No measuring, no nothing!" 

Mark B., an experienced woodworker and craftsmen, decided to take on the challenge of making his first cutting board and he did so with the Forest 2 Home Hardwoods Basic Box! Follow along with Mark's step-by-step instructions and images to make your own cutting board. 


- Forest 2 Home Hardwoods Basic Box (1 in x 2 in x 12 in)

- Wood Glue

- Clamps

- Belt Sander

- Table Saw

- Planer

- Sander (100, 150, 220, 320 grit)

- Cutting Board Oil 


Step 1: 

Lay out the Cherry, Hard Maple and Walnut pieces from the Hardwoods Basic Box in an alternating pattern. Mark used the pattern- Cherry, Hard Maple, Walnut and repeated it with all pieces.


Step 2: 

Glue pieces together and let dry while clamped. 

Wood pieces held together by clamps. The different wood species include Cherry, Walnut and Hard Maple. Image taken at a Wood Workshop/Woodworking ShopClamped together, drying with wood glue wood pieces are propped up in a Wood Workshop/Woodworking Shop. Wood species include Cherry wood, Hard Maple wood and Walnut wood.

Step 3: 

Remove excess glue using belt sander. Cut to get a square edge above the endgrain edge and set piece aside. After your wood is squared, put a stop on table and cut assembled wood into slices using the stop as a guide.  Repeat this cut along the entire length of the board. 

Wood species glued and clamped together in the process of making a beautiful cutting board. Endgrain edge of wood sawed off to make a pattern with Cherry, Hard Maple and Walnut wood


Step 4: 

Flip every other piece over, to get the alternating, checkered design. Mark numbered each piece to keep track of the placement of the alternating pieces. 


Step 5:

Glue alternating pieces back together and let dry while clamped.

Cutting board made of different lumber species including Walnut, Hard Maple and Cherry Wood


Step 6: 

Sand the board starting with 100 grit and progressing through to 320 grit. 

Patterned cutting board being sanded down. Cutting board is made with high quality lumber and wood. Wood species include Walnut, Hard Maple and Cherry Wood.


Step 7: 

Treat finished cutting board build with your favorite cutting board oil and bring the wood to life! Mark used Howard Cutting Board Oil to complete his board. 

Cutting board with a patterned design, made of Hard Maple, Cherry and Walnut Wood. The cutting board is in a Wood Workshop/Woodworking Shop and is completed.

Patterned Cutting Board on marble/granite countertop. Natural elements contrasting in color for a feel of modern eclectic decor.

Mark noted that he saw a few mistakes in his cutting board, with a some of the alternating pieces not lining up exactly with the pattern. If you have any advice for Mark's next project on how to avoid missteps like that, leave a comment for him! And if you would like to share your own #BuiltWithF2H project to our woodworking community, send us an email at! Happy Woodworking! 


1 comment

  • Eric T. Curran-Bakken

    I plan to do the same when my order arrives. I will round the top edge with my router and then will make 45 degree angle cuts in the bottom edges.

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