Cutting boards are a great skill builder for woodworkers. I enjoy making them from time to time and like to challenge myself. My wife makes some pretty intersting cutting boards as well - like the one featured in this instructable
In this Instructable, I will walk you through making this cutting board: Essential tools Required:
- 1/4" straight bit and guide bushing
- 1 1/4, long flush trim bit
- 1/4" roundover bit
Random orbit sander
14" or larger bandsaw
Smaller bench plane or a scraper Tools that make your life easier but can be replaced with hand tools or other methods
12" or larger planer
Step 1: Use Caution!
Power tools are dangerous. I chose not to remove any guards when creating this. Some operations my be obscured a bit by the safety equipment, but it is very important to use the safety equipment supplied by the tool manufacturer. In addition, personal protection equipment such as safety glasses, hearing protection, and dust masks are required for certain operations. If you have active dust collection equipment, use it wherever possible.
Never wear gloves, jewelry, or loose clothing around power tools!
Step 2: Prepare your lumber
Here is the walnut I will be using. This came from a rough sawn board and was planed down and cross cut to rough length
Step 3: Joint an edge flat
After plaining, you need a square reference edge. I joint one edge on the jointer. I then check the flatness against a known flat surface - like the cast iron on my table saw
Once jointed, the jointed edge is placed up against the fence on the table saw and the other edge is cut clean. This ensures your edges are parallel to each other
Step 5: Rip the lumber into smaller strips
Due to the natural tendancies of lumber to warp and shift, I like to work with thinner pieces. Especially on something like a cutting board that will get wet often. I am using a jig called the GRR-Riper
Here is my collection of 2" strips. The board will be 12 inches wide so there are 6 2 inch strips