Picture of How To Make A Brick Pattern Cutting Board
My favorite projects are the ones that I think about, set aside for a while, and come back to them.  This was my first project that wasn't  just a plain old striped cutting board or end grain.  This is what began my experimentation with wood.

What you need:

Wood for your "bricks"
Wood for the  "mortar"
Waterproof/Food safe glue
Table saw and Cross-cut sled
Band saw
Spindle Sander (not necessary, but I used one in this project)
Random Orbit Sander
Time and Patience

Please use all appropriate PPE when working with wood.  

Step 1: Your bricks

Picture of Your bricks
I chose maple for my  "bricks" for no other reason except we had a ton of maple.  I cut five 2" wide strips that were about 16" long.  Set these aside while you cut the wood for your "mortar"
Firegurl718 months ago
Great tutorial! If you cut one of your "brick" strips (either the first one or the last) half the width of the rest, you can almost eliminate having any waste to cut off. All you'll have to do is flip every other row (so every other row starts with half a brick, and the alternating rows end with half a brick like in your finished product).
Kasieanne (author)  Firegurl718 months ago
You're right. I'm having one of those "why didn't I think of that" moments. Thanks you.
toyia made it!1 year ago

I used white oak for the bricks and bubinga wood for the mortar. For the finish I used a mix of mineral oil and bees wax. It turned out really beautiful. I think i am going to make another.

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abeimers1 year ago
Do u think you can have your husband make a instructable on that thin cut jig he made
pseaton1 year ago
This is an awesome idea! I love your instructions, and your variation on the cutting board project. Nice!
super duper pretty! amazing tutorial as well :D
Kasieanne (author)  Charimander1 year ago
THank you!
Wo0kiE1 year ago
Very detailed instructions and a beautiful finished product.
I would love to see this in black walnut and purple heart cedar!!
Kasieanne (author)  Wo0kiE1 year ago
I made one in walnut and purpleheart (not cedar)! It came out pretty nice, but the colors were both dark so, it was hard to see the lines.
oktex1 year ago
Great instructable! I had to check it out to see how you did the cross pieces. Very simple once you see it done :)
Kasieanne (author)  oktex1 year ago
It is wicked simple, but had baffled a lot of people before I did the how-to.
mkhuthir1 year ago
Amazing work!!! you are a real PRO, thank you.
Kasieanne (author)  mkhuthir1 year ago
I'm fairly new at this, so thank you!
bricobart1 year ago
Definitely the best woodworking I'ble of the last months, great job!
Kasieanne (author)  bricobart1 year ago
Thank you! That's a very nice compliment!
Bettybstt1 year ago
Beautiful - great Instructable!
Kasieanne (author)  Bettybstt1 year ago
Thank you!
kakmer1 year ago
This is awesome!! Great step by step and totally something just about anyone could do!
Kasieanne (author)  kakmer1 year ago
It looks a lot more complicated than it actually is. If you have the tools, then anyone can make it.
Arghus1 year ago
terrific chopboard
vonthab1 year ago
Very Nice. Now I just need to buy a sander, router, vice grips, saw, planer and sled. I think I might have the glue. :)
joelav vonthab1 year ago
Or you could find a local maker/hacker space that has all of this equipment and make some new friends along the way :)
Fabulous job! Jealous of your workshop too!
Thanks for this.
Kasieanne (author)  Polishing Peanuts1 year ago
Thank you!
Checked out the etsy store, nice stuff. Pity it'd cost too much to mail to Norway, I'll have to make one myself!

I also envy your access (in the states) of hardwoods. Almost impossible here in Norway (and in the UK) to find anything apart from pine, with a little oak, mahogany and maybe a little teak in the boat yards. Super expensive too.
zomfibame1 year ago
that is a great piece... I wish I had the tools to do that kinda' thing. very nice.
Kasieanne (author)  zomfibame1 year ago
Thank you very much! I got the tools by having a nagging husband... turns out I like to use them too so I don't mind.
diegodaf1 year ago
Excelente trabajo, voy a tratar de hacerlo!
Kasieanne (author)  diegodaf1 year ago
Thank you! Good luck to you on this project!
kenbob1 year ago
I like this!
ench1 year ago
Beautiful and unusual! I will definitely have to try this one.
Kasieanne (author)  ench1 year ago
And it's pretty easy too!
Awesome! Very unique :)
Kasieanne (author)  Penolopy Bulnick1 year ago