This is my first cutting board. An interesting pattern emerges from the flowing "S" shape and works really well with the high contrast of maple and walnut.

Step 1: Taking Stock of Your Stock

The process begins with two board that are the same thickness. In this case my lumber was 7/8 of an inch thick. I used Maple and Walnut because they are easily available to me and they contrast well with each other.

I then cut them to 9" in width and 14" in length. Both boards being the same dimensions is key to this project turning out.

Step 2: The First Series of S Cuts

Double Stick Tape.

The two boards are joined with double stick tape and taken over to the band saw. Double stick tape is a shop staple. I use this stuff for everything!

The first of a series of S cuts

I just cut an "S" shape at the band saw and repeated the process 5 times. I tried to make them similar but not precise. A free form cut is sorta of what gives this project it's charm! Who ever heard of drunken precision?


There were some tool marks from the band saw, I *lightly* sanded them off at the drum sander. What you don't want to do is change the shape of the curve and ruin the mating of the two pieces.

Step 3: Getting Ready for Gluing

Alternate the pieces

Next, you can alternate each piece and glue up the boards with a cool wavy look. The original design called for 1/8 cherry strips between the waves (you can see them in the picture). That didn't work out well for me.

No, I don't want to talk about it...

Glue up #1

Alternate the pieces, add glue and apply clamping pressure. I ended up going with a couple of pipe clamps, but that was after a few false starts. I don't have a picture because I was in full panic mode at that point.

One one of the reasons this project takes so long is that there are 3 separate glue ups. Otherwise it's pretty simple.

Step 4: Rinse and Reapeat


After the glue dries pass each board through the planer and get two parallel surfaces for joining together again with double stick tape.

A second series of S cuts

This time I swapped out blades in my band saw in hopes of making the process better. It wasn't a grand idea and I should have stuck with the first blade (3/16 4tpi) Look at those burn marks. LOOK AT THEM!

Glue up #2

Now, we alternate the boards again and glue up for a second time. Once dried you can sand them flat or use your thickness sander. I used the planer, but it can chip out some of the cross grain. Oh I need a thickness sander in the shop!!

Step 5: Who's Getting Tired of Glue Ups?!

On to glue up #3!

Now we glue up for a THIRD time. This makes for a nice heavy cutting board about 1 1/2" thick. Of course this is not required. You could just add some rubber feet and end up with two great looking cutting boards. That was my original plan, but I decided it needed more weight to it.

Sanding & Handholds

I routed two hand holds with a 1/2 rabbeting bit and rounded the corners on the disk sander. Then it's on to the sanding. I sanded to 220 grit. Take your time and get the surface nice and smooth!

Step 6: Finish

I used mineral oil. Which is both extremely cheap and easy. Much like myself...

The original idea

I made a few changes from the original, but I would be remiss not to link to the post were I first saw this project back in 2009:http://lumberjocks.com/poroskywood/blog/10833

<p>I Made it and it was so fun and easy for how complicated it looks thanks for this I made it in school as I do WoodWorking as a subject and I added a metal handle that I made in MetalWork. I used Jarrah as it is what we grow around in South part of WA in Australia</p>
<p>Note* I was I dont have any photos of the Cutting board with the handle but its there and it looks good.</p>
I do not have a band saw yet do you think it could be accomplished with a jigsaw
Awesome! What type of glue did you use?
<p>Where did you get your double sided tape? Is there a certain brand you use that works better than another?</p>
<p>It's just carpet tape from the hardware store. Works great! </p>
<p>This looks like a great first project for the scroll saw I picked up on craigslist recently. </p>
<p>If you have the dedication to do this on a scroll saw I'd be impressed! Good luck!</p>
<p>I've been playing with my scroll saw a bit, and had a lot of fun shaping a wood kazoo with it. I just got to wait to do this till I can get the glue, double sided tape, and most importantly the wood for it. I'm thinking of doing 2 at the same time, both about 1' square. I just wish I could find someone local to buy the wood from.</p>
<p>That is very cool&lt; but looks straight to me HIC!</p>
<p>Beautiful work Peter, I love the looks and the thickness of that board!</p>
<p>thank you Andrea!</p>
<p style="color: black;">A straight chess board and a bottle of Scotch is just as much fun ;-P ;)</p><p style="color: black;">Nice though, at first I saw the waves as a 3D topography of sorts and thought it would be hard to work with.</p>
<p>It plays with your head! </p>
<p>After the first glue-up, I'm seeing a bacon cutting board :)</p>
<p>Bacon cutting boards! You know... we might have found our goose that lays the golden egg!</p>
That's awesome looking! Nice job!
<p>thank you!</p>
<p>Good looking cutting board. </p>
<p>thanks! </p>
<p>I made a chess board back in high school using this same techniqe just on the table saw. That turned out looking great! </p>
<p>How did you cut waves on the table saw? That sounds sorta scary. :) </p>
I think he meant that he used same technique except that he used a table saw, and that he made straight lines instead of waves. A wavy chess board would be kinda cool though. Especially if you gave the pieces a bit of a wave too. :)
<p>Yes, exactly! </p>
<p>Sorry for the brain lapse. I'm with you now! </p>
By the way, cool project.
<p>Looks awesome!</p>
thank you!
<p>All the wavy cuts were done on the BANDSAW. A great tool to have!</p>
<p>Agreed! I'd hate to do this with a jigsaw...</p>

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