Introduction: Cutting Board From Reclaimed Wood

As I was working on a table from my living room, I reclaimed some hard wood and came with the idea of turn it into a cutting board.

The material needed for that build is quite simple, some wood, glue, a saw, clamps, and a sander.

You can either read my instructable or watch the video I made, anyway I hope it will inspire you to make ;)

Step 1: Cutting Strips

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First of all, I cut all the wood I wanted to use into 2x2 cm strips and about 25 cm long. This way I ended up with twenty strips ready to glue.

Step 2: Gluing

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I laid the strip on two bar clamps in order to have an idea of what the cutting board would look like. At first, I wanted to do two small board, but ended up with one large which was a good idea (See next step)
Once the design is done it is time to glue the whole thing, nothing hard: turn the strips on their side, spread glue on them and turn them back to their original place, and tight the clamp.

Step 3: Cut the Board

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And basically that's it, you have your cutting board ! It is now a matter of finishing it clean, and the first thing to do for that is to cut the long side with the table saw. Simple right ? Yet I managed to break the board while cutting it... That was going to stop me, I just have a smaller cutting board than I originally planed.

Step 4: Getting It Flat

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While gluing, the strips moved a bit so I hadn't a super flat surface on both sides. I fixed that using a router mounted on a jig and got a flat surface on the board.

Step 5: Finishing Touch

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The final step was to sand the cutting board with a orbital sander, I started with 80 grit up to 240 grit and got a super smooth finish to the touch.
And finally, to make sure it's going to last in time, I applied 3 coat of mineral oil and put four non-slip pad under it. I love how the gain pop when you do this step.

Thank you for reading me, you can also watch the video I made and if you have any question I'd be glad to answer it =)


LegoSurvivor (author)2017-11-02

would butcher block oil work as well?

if it does plz tell.

QuentinD8 (author)LegoSurvivor2017-11-02

Actually, butcher block oil is mineral oil so yes it works. Any cooking oil would work too, but the advantage of using mineral oil is that it dries quite fast and it doesn't smell anything.

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