Chopping Board

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Introduction: Chopping Board

You know, for chopping stuff.

Has a strainer for straining stuff that you chopped

Step 1: Cut Wood

The board is made up of smaller pieces of oak.

Edges a sanded, holes drilled for the dowels, glued and clamped.

Step 2: Cut Out Waste Wood

Run outside edges through a router to round off the corners.
Pencil outline the strainer.
Scroll saw out the strainer hole.
Router the edge to match the inside corner of the strainer. Note how the strainer sits in to the board and is flush with the chopping surface.

Step 3: Finish Up

Router out board where it meets the lips of the sink, to help it stay in place and not fall in the sink.
Sand board with the grain.
Condition wood with butchers block oil.
Go chop stuff.

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    i LOVE this...I would buy one if these were sold in stores...

    Does it matter about the width of the wood? I notice in your picture you have several skinnier pieces and a few of thicker pieces. Could they all be the same size?

    How did the wood start out? Did you buy it from the hardware store or was it scraps?

    What is your method for getting the holes for the dowels to all line up?



    Thanks!! This is a really great instructable! :)

    I've seen commercial boards with a decorative groove near the edge. DON'T do that to yours, otherwise you can't scrape the food easily from board to target (e.g. pot / pan / bin) because it gets stuck in the groove.

    It's a blood groove or juice groove to take the meat juices off into a pan.

    I always oil my boards with normal cooking oil as I have plenty at home.

    how's it holding up, now that it's been several months?

    Very nice instructable, you can also use mineral oil which is available at any drugstore and most grocery stores. It will be in the laxative section.

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    I think you can also get that at bike shops. It is often used for hydraulic oil in disc brakes.

    You are correct but I dont think you can use the drug store kind for your bike needs. I read that it gums up over time. The drug store kind is designed for human consumption the bike stuff might not be.

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    I agree, the bike stuff, is probably not designed for human consumption, but I have heard it being used as a laxative in a pinch. (on a camping trip)

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    Sweet! I find that kind of project is really satisfying. The sweet smell of wood and oils... What is butchers block oil? On chopping boards I've made, I used tung oil, is it the same thing? Here's some I made for christmas.

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