If you have some old scrap wood lying around, why not use it to make your own DIY wood cutting board. Not only is the project inexpensive and easy to finish, it makes a great gift for someone old enough to use a knife.
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Step 1: Know the different types of wood
First things first, you need to determine the type of wood you want to use. The one we’re using in this guide is Walnut. You can also use maple, cherry, or any other hardwood that has a solid grain pattern.
Start with a piece of walnut and cut it using your miter saw. Go for a measurement of around 15-16 inches.
Once you’ve cut your wood, clean up each edge with your table saw’s jointer jig.
With one end of each board clean, take that end and reference it against the fence of your table saw before cutting into strips. The width of each strip will represent the overall height of the cutting board when the wood cutting board is completed.
This time, go for measurements of about an inch and three quarters. This should be enough as you will remove some of that thickness later when taking it to the planer.
Step 4: Flatten your board
You may notice some gaps between pieces that you’ll want to take care of asap. Putting them together with glue and clamps can give you problems down the road.
Take out your jointer and run them. Then, use your planner and run them again. They should now be nice and flat – ready to glue together.
Step 5: Glue Them Together
Clamp the cut pieces together tightly enough to allow the top and bottom glue to stick out. Clean the glue off the wood and leave to dry for a few hours.
Suggestion: When clamping, make sure to apply equal clamping pressure all the way. To do this, place two clamps on the top and two more clamps on the bottom. Avoid over-tightening as this can cause your board to wobble later.
Step 6: Smooth and clean the edges
With the glue now dry, put your wood cutting board through your planer again. Then, take it to your table and clean up the edges using your crosscut jig.
Step 7: Carve and remove sharp edges
For that personal touch, you can add an engraving to your wood cutting board at this point. Once that’s done, you can also add a chamfer to all sides of it to remove any of those sharp edges.
Step 8: Sand your wood cutting board
Start at 120 grit and gradually work your way up to 220 grit.
Once you’re done with your first round of sanding, spray the whole thing with water to lift up the tiny fibers and prepare it for another round of sanding. Allow it to dry completely before sanding again to 220 grit next time.
Remember: Sand, spray down, and sand again. Also, don’t forget to use a protective mask.
Step 9: Coat with wood finish
Use mineral oil and season your new board with at least three to four coats. In other words, just apply one coat, wait about 20-30 minutes, wipe off the excess, rinse and repeat.
You can finish things off by using another conditioner that contains both mineral oil and some wax. Keep a bottle of this conditioner handy.
A wood cutting board dries out over time. As soon as you start to see it, just apply a coat of conditioner and it will revive things.
The final product should be like this:
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Making a wood cutting board is a cheap and easy-to-make weekend project to scratch your DIY itch. It has an elegant finish that makes it great for personal use and even as a gift for any occasion.
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