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!

Step 1: Choose Your Wood

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.
<p>Kasianne, thanks for the plans. I made mine with 2&quot; squares and added an additional accent strip of maple. Mine is roughly 12 x 15. Used a cove bit for handles, rubber non-slip feet and 4 coats salad bowl finish.</p>
Thank you very much for the wonderful plans and purple heart suggestion!
I made 3 of these in 1 go round. My family loved these as Christmas presents. Thanks for sharing otherwise I would not had been able to do this.
Those look great! They're much less tedious to do in multiples! I'm glad your family loved them!
Great cutting board, I would use another wood instead of Paduak because over time it darkens to look like walnut.
we found that out after leaving a piece out in the sun. We'll see how it looks over time!
<p>Maybe try purpleheart?</p><p>Great piece. I've got some walnut, purpleheart, and maple I may have to try. </p>
<p>Really beautiful! I will give this a try.</p>
Where do you purchase the exotic wood? Great design and craftsmanship!
it's a great job.
Wow! This is beautiful, great work!
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!
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.
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!
I love argyle too. I remember buying my first pair of argyle socks at the GAP when I was in high school.
wonderfully done!
Thank you!
I absolutely love it... This is a magnificent piece of work. Beautiful job! <br> <br>BTW Don't give it to anyone with OCD. they will go nuts! lol!
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! :)
I would too if it were 3-4 times the size. It is pretty to look at.
Love this! beautiful and useful! great instructable.
That's fantastic. really beautiful work.
Thank you, I appreciate it!
I love this, it's very beautiful! <br>I like the procedure you used to make it.
Thank you!
Did you find that the padauk had a tendency to stain when sanding? Beautiful wood though, just built a coffee table using padauk
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.
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 :) <br>
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?
The groove/slot/whatever it's called on the cross-cut sled... i lined the corners of the walnut up with that.
Beautiful design, I love it! <br> <br>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.
I am going to try making it end grain as well. Some people prefer visual appeal over functionality. Others are the opposite.
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
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.
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!

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