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.
Step 2: Set your fence
Set the width you would like on your table saw fence. I chose 1 1/2 inches, not too big, not too small.
Here are the 1 1/2 inch strips of beech and walnut.
Step 5: The squares
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
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
You will need to glue-up 8 blocks like this. These will surround the two center squares.
Step 8: Make the center squares
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.
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
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.