Step 1: Tools and materials
- table saw
- router with round over bit and round nose groove bit
- router table
- glue brushes
- palm sander
- various scrap pieces of wood (read below for explanation)
- Elmer's® Carpenter's® Wood Glue MAX
- food safe finish such as mineral oil or butchers block oil and rags
The woods that I chose to use were basically just what I had lying around from other projects. The cutting board contains maple, walnut, mahogany, paduck, purple heart, cherry and sapele. I've found that one wood to stay away from using in a cutting board is a deep grained oak - the pits allow for food to build up and they are harder to clean. How much wood you need will depend upon the size of cutting board that you're making. I always think that it's a good idea to prepare more wood than you think you'll need because sometimes there are sections of scrap material with knots or blemishes that end up not being suitable for a project.
To be perfectly clear, when I say "scrap wood" I mean scrap hard-woods. And at no point should you attempt to make a cutting board out of a composite material like plywood or MDF, or out of any lumber that's been treated in any way, like pressure treated lumber.