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You know, for chopping stuff.

Has a strainer for straining stuff that you chopped
 
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Step 1: Cut wood

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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

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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

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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.
HollyMann2 years ago
i LOVE this...I would buy one if these were sold in stores...
ejarrell2 years ago
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! :)
thunk7 years ago
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.
camp6ell7 years ago
how's it holding up, now that it's been several months?
rashfreedom8 years ago
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.
sam rashfreedom8 years ago
I think you can also get that at bike shops. It is often used for hydraulic oil in disc brakes.
rashfreedom sam8 years ago
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.
sam rashfreedom8 years ago
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)
sam8 years ago
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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rashfreedom sam8 years ago
Tung oil is not the same thing, you do not want to use it on food grade items. Some danish oils are food safe they say on them if they are.
sam rashfreedom8 years ago
hmm.. I guess its a bit late now, but in the future, I'll get some different oils.
radiorental (author)  sam8 years ago
nice!
I used catskills butchblock oil
http://www.catskillcraftsmen.com/
hatsuli8 years ago
"holes drilled for the dowels"... care to elaborate on that part? :)
radiorental (author)  hatsuli8 years ago
I decided to strengthen the board by joining the individual pieces with dowels. Note in the images on the second step each piece has a hole and a corresponding stud, or dowel as they are properly known. The dowels might not be necessary, I make the board to practice a few woodworking techniques.
very well done. but a little skimpy on details if someone's not an experienced woodworker. for instance what kind of glue did you use?
radiorental (author)  Tool Using Animal8 years ago
Glue: Titebone 3 Ultimate Well, thats what you should use, not what I used. I'm not an experienced woodworker. Tools that will make this job a lot easier router with selection of bits Belt sander Scroll saw table or chop or miter saw. set square pencil Yes you're right on the details, anything else I can fill you in on?
outdoor elmers would be fine, the instructions were the perfect length. you could cut slits in the boards to hold more glue.. but that might be overkill
evy-wevy8 years ago
wow! what a great chopping board! good job!