"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.
- Wood Glue
- Belt Sander
- Table Saw
- Sander (100, 150, 220, 320 grit)
- Cutting Board Oil
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.
Glue pieces together and let dry while clamped.
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.
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.
Glue alternating pieces back together and let dry while clamped.
Sand the board starting with 100 grit and progressing through to 320 grit.
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.
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 Marketing@Forest2Home.com! Happy Woodworking!