Cutting Board

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Project by Grampa_Doodie posted 02-10-2012 09:40 PM 2415 views 12 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this cutting board for a young gentleman and his fiancĂ©/now wife who lives in Germany. We call Christian our “unofficially adopted German son”. :)

This project was by far the most fun project I’ve ever built. As you can imagine, it took quite a bit of concentration for this old brain.

It’s made from red oak, cherry, purple heart, and black walnut. I have many more photos showing the step by step procedure if you’re interested.

The really nice thing about this gift is that I got to hand deliver it to them at their wedding in Germany May of 2011.

Follow-up: I’ve added 5 more photos. If you search YouTube you’ll find a really nice video of a fellow woodworker showing the process as well. The Wood Whisperer does one too.

Photo 2- I built a cut-off sled to use while safely cutting the cutting board parts. The wedge piece of MDF to the right of the blade has two rare earth magnets recessed and glued to its base. This wedge assures that the cutting board pieces fall away from the blade without kickback. Note that I used my yellow plastic feather board as my “stop” to assure consistent 7/8” wide strips. (The more consistent you stay with the width of these parts…the less you need to sand end grain later.)

Photo 3- Arrange all of the pieces so they line up as you cut them, and then finally tip each one up so you’re looking at the end grain.

Photo 4- Now flip every other part end-for-end.

Photo 5- I clamped the cutting board parts in sections. Much, much easier to deal with the parts moving around on you.

Photo 6- I laid out curves on the ends of the cutting board and then cut those curves on the band saw. Next, round all edges with a round-over router bit. And finally coat your new cutting board with your favorite “food safe” oil.


-- If at first you don't succeed...DO NOT try skydiving.

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#1 posted 02-10-2012 10:57 PM

I like the composition of woods/colors. It gives it a nice balance.

And yes, you should post more pictures. Good job on the glue up, I can’t find a ‘slip’ anywhere.

-- "The greatest pleasure in life is doing what others say you cannot do."-Walter Bagehot

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#2 posted 02-11-2012 12:04 AM

Good looking board, nice rounded ends.

-- Bob A in NJ

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#3 posted 02-11-2012 12:18 AM

Very nice cutting board cool design and nice wood.

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#4 posted 02-11-2012 01:26 AM

Good job. They are fun to build. I like the rounded corners.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#5 posted 02-11-2012 01:32 AM

Thanks everyone. It sure was fun to see the final outcome develop before my eyes. And I can truthfully say that it wasn’t nearly as difficult as it looks. Give it a try some day.


-- If at first you don't succeed...DO NOT try skydiving.

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#6 posted 02-11-2012 09:08 AM

Great job i like your color combos. These can be addicting no doubt! Well done.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#7 posted 02-11-2012 02:53 PM

Very nice board. Great job!

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#8 posted 02-11-2012 03:53 PM

looks very nice i like your design may have to borrow that for a board myself great job

-- freighttrain,ky

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#9 posted 02-11-2012 09:08 PM

Great job, I am now obsessed with cutting boards. I can’t wait to start one.

-- Measure twice, cut once, then sand a whole bunch

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#10 posted 02-12-2012 06:34 AM

Dynamic without being in your face…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#11 posted 02-12-2012 11:47 PM

Wow, thanks again for all the wonderful compliments.

I encourage you to try your hand at this project. It was really fun to make. Plus, the final product really feels good in your hands. The end grain looking up at you is really quite nice to look at too.

Any questions…feel free to ask. I’m more than happy to help you get started. Even though it looks complicated…it’s not. Go for it!! :)


-- If at first you don't succeed...DO NOT try skydiving.

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#12 posted 03-04-2012 06:23 AM

very nice work. I like it.

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#13 posted 07-03-2012 12:07 AM

Great looking board!

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#14 posted 07-03-2012 02:26 AM

Thanks Kody and Roded5. I’ve since made another cutting board for my daughter and her new husband for their wedding present. If anyone has any questions on how to put one together, feel free to give me a shout.


-- If at first you don't succeed...DO NOT try skydiving.

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