Gift Projects #2: Making Cutting Boards Out Of a Single Peice of Solid Wood

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Blog entry by ScottBelleri posted 05-17-2018 06:05 PM 962 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I made these paddle-style cutting boards out of solid 6/4” maple. This is thick enough that they shouldn’t warp, and they can be sanded down a number of times. It is called a paddle-style cutting board because its handle makes it look a bit like a paddle. The handle makes it easy to carry and hang, and also gives it a unique character.

Sugar maple is an ideal wood for cutting boards because it is hard, but not so hard that it will dull your knives.

Really, the only important tolerance on this type of cutting board is flatness. As it is made of a single piece of solid wood, there are no edges to joint perfectly and glue up. But in order to keep it from rocking on a countertop when it is in use, it’s important to remove any cupping or warping. I just used a belt sander and checked with a straightedge til it was flat. A more typical way would be to use a hand plane or power planer.

Hope you enjoy this video. Thanks for watching!

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