Our friend Mike Marrazzo will show you how to make a beautiful cutting board with a juice groove in his YouTube tutorial. This is a great project for anyone who loves to cook, and it's a perfect gift for the foodie in your life. Here’s what Mike has to say: In this video, I am going to show you how to put a juice groove and a custom engraved name on my very first cutting board. Now, I did not show the glue up portion, but I bought the kit from Forest 2 Home hardwoods. It already came precut, surfaced-2-sides, so all I had to do was sand or plane either side. Check it out!
Tools/materials you’ll need:
- Forest 2 Home Cutting Board Kit
- Laguna Super Max 19/38 drum sander
- Ryobi 12" sliding compound miter saw
- Ryobi 5" orbital sander
- Shapeoko CNC
- Amana Tool bits
- Vectric V-Carve Pro CNC software
- Black Diamond pigments
- Total Boat epoxy
Step by step instructions on how to make a custom cutting board with a juice groove:
- Glue up.
- Drum sander at 220 grit.
- Then off to the CNC with the Amana Tool bowl bit (bit #45982). Mike’s pro tip: This makes a mess even with dust collection on, so this is how I handled it (see what he does by fast forwarding to 0:48 in the video).
- Optional: engrave the name of your choosing on opposite corners. Mike used the Amana Tool 60 degree V-Bit.
- Fill the engraving with epoxy. Mike used Total Boat epoxy with Black Diamond pigments to get a pink color. He taped off the area he poured into to keep the rest of the board clean and protected.
- Next, sand down the epoxy at 220 grit.
- Cut a dowel to put sandpaper around (to sand the inside of the juice groove).
- Add your logo to the back of the board.
- Raise the grain with water to sand smoother. Sand again up to 300 grit. Vaccum off the dust then blow off the dust with compressed air.
- Wipe down the denatured alcohol using a lint free cloth. Hit it againw ith the compressed air.
- Put a roundover on it. Mike’s pro tip: pratice with a scrap piece first. Secure the board to your working surface with clamps, then do it with the real thing!
- Smooth Walrus Oil Cutting Board Oil on your board. Then add Walrus Oil Board Wax with a cloth.
- Optional: Install the feet by measuring your screw marks and screw the rubber stoppers in.
Do you have a project that you would like to share with the Forest 2 Home community of woodworkers, crafters, and DIYers? We'd love to host your project made with our hardwood! Share videos, plans, and photos to email@example.com. Happy woodworking!