How to Make a Wooden Cutting Board

IMG_3675Making a wooden cutting board is easier than you think.  The hard part is having the tools and knowing how to use them.  So if you are a fabulous learner and want to know how to make your very own wooden cutting board, check out this blog tutorial.

Unused Scrap Hardwoods

Unused Scrap Hardwoods

1. First, select the woods you want to use.  I recommend hardwoods such as walnut, maple, mahogany, cherry and so on.  Please refer to our list of hardwoods that are available.

2. Next use a compound miter saw to cut your hardwoods into strips.  Preferably 1″ thick.  Cut as many pieces you like based on how big you want your cutting board to be.  Think of length and the width of your board.

The making of our wood cutting boards

The making of our wood cutting boards

3. Next glue your strips together.  Use a wood glue that is FDA approved.  We use Tite Bond III Premium wood glue.  It’s a bit more expensive but the quality of the glue is so important especially when you are making a wooden cutting board.  Use high pressure clamps to glue the strips of woods together.  Wipe off any excess glue with a cotton cloth that may have seep out in between the wood strips – front, back and sides.   Let it dry for 24 hours (we recommend).

Wood Cutting Boards

Wood Cutting Boards

4. Next, use a chisel to chisel away any dried excess glue to smooth out the surface.  You will need a bench planer to further smooth out the rough edges of the woods once glued together.  This is an important step before you begin to sand.  Planing your board before sanding means less sanding you have to do.  Use the table saw again to cut out the edges of the board to even it out based on your original measurements you want your cutting board to be.

Drum Sander

Drum Sander

5.  Now you are ready to sand!  A drum sander is always ideal in to make the process of sanding a lot faster, however, if you are just making this board for yourself, hand sanding it will do just fine.  Sand your board until it is smooth.  This requires patience.  However, it is your own personal cutting board.  Sand it down until you are satisfied with it.

Round off the edges to make it a smoother finished look.

6. Last step, apply mineral oil generously.  Let it dry with the oil on top overnight.  You’ll be amazed how much the wood would soak up the oil when it needs it.  We use Howard’s Mineral oil.

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