Cutting Boards Made With Router

Here is one way to make cutting boards with a router. These have no grooves, so are probably better suited for serving. 

I have made two, one with the wood from the tread of an old oak staircase, the same as I used for this clock, and another from a desk I found on the curb. I don't know which wood was used for the desk, except that it's hard.

- Table saw
- Router
- Cove bit
- Round over bit

- wooden boards
- mineral oil

First I cleaned up the board using a sharp piece of metal on a handle to scrape off the top millimeter. This was necessary because the board surface was in bad shape (sand, pieces of glass), and I didn't want to damage the planer.

After that I put it through the planer.

The pieces had old screw holes, so I cut those parts off using the table saw.

Then, using the round over bit, I rounded the edges.

Placing the board upright I then used the cove bit for the handles

Then I sanded.

I recommend at this point to sand very well. I went home, applied mineral oil and then washed it (to get rid of dust from the sanding). That resulted in the whole cutting board getting tiny frays of wood sticking out everywhere. Sanding after oiling is not something I recommend, so perhaps giving the board a slight wash to expose these tiny frays and then re-sanding before oiling might be a good idea. 

Finally, apply mineral oil. Wipe off excess.

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    6 years ago on Introduction

    Nice board. I have made a few, and this is good. One tip I learned recently though: although oak is very resilient and stands up well to knife cuts, professional makers of cutting boards don't recommend it for anything that comes in contact with food because the open grain makes it more difficult to clean to kitchen sanitation standards. Maple really is the best.

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    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    You make a good point, and that's why I haven't made grooves in the surface, making it more suited as a 'serving' board. I will actually just change the title to reflect that. Thanks for the tip on the maple, it just doesn't seem to be a very common/accessible type of wood here in Denmark.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    You might want to try a card scraper to get rid of the fuzz instead of sanding. I found like you did that wetting the board to get the fuzz up for removal before oiling seemed to work much better. Nice result.

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    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks for the tip, when would you use the card scraper? Instead of the all sanding, or only after wetting the board?