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Picture of How To Make A Fabulous Argyle Cutting Board
This is a simple step-by-step guide to make this awesome argyle pattern cutting board.  Yes, it requires having tools... and yes, you need to know how to use those tools.


Please use common sense with working with wood.  Wear a dust mask and use eye protection!

 
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Step 1: Choose your wood

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Select the wood you would like to use as the main part of your cutting board.  I chose walnut and beech.  This wood has been planed and jointed.

Step 2: Set your fence

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Set the width you would like on your table saw fence.  I chose 1 1/2 inches, not too big, not too small.

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Here are the 1 1/2 inch strips of beech and walnut.

Step 4: Cut little Squares

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Using the cross-cut sled my husband made (http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-make-a-better-cross-cut-sled/), I set the stop block at 1 1/2 inches to cut my little squares.  This makes for quick work.  Cut, slide the piece over, cut again.

Step 5: The squares

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I cut 20 beech squares and 12 walnut squares.  Here they are in a rough arrangement so you can see how it will go together.

Step 6: Cutting the accent color for the diagonal segments of the cutting board

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I chose padauk for my accent wood.  It's a nice bright orange and really stands out.  I cut eight 1/4 inch pieces of padauk using the thin rip jig in the picture.  

Step 7: Glue-up

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You will need to glue-up 8  blocks like this.  These will surround the two center squares.  

Step 8: Make the center squares

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Glue up two center squares as shown.  Hopefully yours will be a little more even.  Mine needed to be trimmed on the table saw before further assembly.

Step 9: First round of gluing and clamping complete.

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All completed and trimmed.  Again, I arranged them so you can see how they will be arranged for the next glue-up.

Step 10: Mark your sides

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If you're absent minded like I can be, then mark your sides.  S is for the short padauk pieces and L is for the longer ones.  It made it much less confusing when I glued these together.  I had to cut apart the first cutting board I made like this because I didn't pay attention to where I was gluing these pieces.
KCB701 year ago
Great cutting board, I would use another wood instead of Paduak because over time it darkens to look like walnut.
Kasieanne (author)  KCB701 year ago
we found that out after leaving a piece out in the sun. We'll see how it looks over time!

Maybe try purpleheart?

Great piece. I've got some walnut, purpleheart, and maple I may have to try.

jenmills5910 months ago

Really beautiful! I will give this a try.

wboulanger11 months ago
Where do you purchase the exotic wood? Great design and craftsmanship!
KCB701 year ago
it's a great job.
Sam DeRose1 year ago
Wow! This is beautiful, great work!
ldubia1 year ago
The only change I would make to this work is to make the grain all go in the same direction to prevent seam splits and wood splitting during wood movement. I love the design. Makes me want o go out to the shop and build one...or ten. Great job on the build and the instructable. Bravo!
Kasieanne (author)  ldubia1 year ago
Because of the diagonal stripes, it would be impossible to make all the grain go in the same direction. THis was only my second board and I already made changes from the first. Definitely a learning experience.
Woodworking is definitely a learning experience. It is also quire addicting. I am a wood turning artist and periodically find myself in challenging predicaments. I learn something new pretty much every time I turn on the lathe (or other tools). I love doing this stuff. Keep up the fabulous work.
Kasieanne (author)  ldubia1 year ago
I love turning as well! It is amazing how much you learn every time you make something. I am amazed at how much I've learned and changed in the year and a half i've been doing this.
Very nice work! I love my argyle socks; guess I'll have to make a cutting board to match. Thanks for the outstanding Instructable!
Kasieanne (author)  KoomoriForge1 year ago
I love argyle too. I remember buying my first pair of argyle socks at the GAP when I was in high school.
carlos66ba1 year ago
wonderfully done!
Kasieanne (author)  carlos66ba1 year ago
Thank you!
I absolutely love it... This is a magnificent piece of work. Beautiful job!

BTW Don't give it to anyone with OCD. they will go nuts! lol!
Kasieanne (author)  SlickSqueegie1 year ago
Yeah, I know... that one piece going in the wrong direction. :)
Gorgeous! I would never use that as a cutting board--I'd hang it on the wall! :)
Kasieanne (author)  doodlecraft1 year ago
I would too if it were 3-4 times the size. It is pretty to look at.
kenbob1 year ago
Love this! beautiful and useful! great instructable.
Kasieanne (author)  kenbob1 year ago
Thanks!
Haplo11 year ago
That's fantastic. really beautiful work.
Kasieanne (author)  Haplo11 year ago
Thank you, I appreciate it!
misko131 year ago
I love this, it's very beautiful!
I like the procedure you used to make it.
Kasieanne (author)  misko131 year ago
Thank you!
iscovell1 year ago
Did you find that the padauk had a tendency to stain when sanding? Beautiful wood though, just built a coffee table using padauk
Kasieanne (author)  iscovell1 year ago
Absolutely it does. I wipe down my freshly sanded boards with dry paper towels until I can no longer see the orange dust. I get much less staining that way.
Krasen1 year ago
The final product looks great. And to make one must be kind of expensive for all of the work and time it took. Lets hope the glue sticks hard for when I want to make some pork-chops on the board with a hammer :)
Kasieanne (author)  Krasen1 year ago
I'm not sure how it would hold up to the hammering of pork chops. I'll have to make another to try it out... but with something other than pork chops (yuck).
What did you use for a reference edge when you cut step 15?
Kasieanne (author)  Mugsy Knuckles1 year ago
The groove/slot/whatever it's called on the cross-cut sled... i lined the corners of the walnut up with that.
ShamWerks1 year ago
Beautiful design, I love it!

The only modification I would make is turning the wood pieces so that the end grain is showing on top of the cutting board : it might be a bit less appealing to the eye, but it is much more respectful of your knives cutting edges.
Kasieanne (author)  ShamWerks1 year ago
I am going to try making it end grain as well. Some people prefer visual appeal over functionality. Others are the opposite.
foobear1 year ago
wow, this is beautiful! Now I understand how it is done. thank you!
You should mention that padauk is toxic and causes allergic reactions in some people. http://www.hobbywoods.com/wood_toxicity.htm
Kasieanne (author)  ichambers421 year ago
You are correct. I just assumed people knew that pretty much all wood has some level of danger when working with it. I can certainly add that in. Thank you.
Most people willing to attempt this project might know, but when I was just starting out I wound up breathing the wrong kind of sawdust and having a bad reaction. This cutting board is awesome, so hopefully nobody snorts a pile of padauk dust and it all goes well.
Kasieanne (author)  ichambers421 year ago
I, too, had a terrible reaction to wood dust (bloodwood) and ended up hospitalized for 3 days. It's serious stuff! I wasn't using common sense and didn't wear a dust mask.
That's beautiful!