Hello everyone, today I’m sharing how to make a round, chevron cutting board. This cutting board was created from some maple and walnut scraps I had laying around in the garage. I came up with the idea for the board while brainstorming ideas for the second Instagram Mini Builder Challenge. I love how it turned out and I’m excited to share how you can make one of your own.
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Step 1: Tools and Materials
The following items are some of the tools and materials (affiliate) I gathered to create the chevron cutting board.
- Table saw
- Micro Jig GRR-RIPPER (A personal table saw must have)
- Orbital Sander
- Router with 1/4″ Round Over Router Bit
Step 2: Glue Walnut and Maple Strips Together
I have previously documented steps on how to take rough sawn lumber and mill it into ready to use lumber. CLICK HERE to read my detailed tutorial on how to make a cutting board. In this Instructable, I will skip over the milling steps.
Rip the walnut into 1 1/2″ strips and the maple into 1/8″ strips. I used my Micro Jig GRR-RIPPER with the 1/8″ leg to safely rip the thin strips.
Use ample amount of glue and clamp together the walnut and maple strips.
Step 3: Crosscut Walnut and Maple Board at an 45 Degree Angle
Clean up the dried glue and cross cut the board into strips at a 45 degree angle on the table saw. My strips are about 1 1/2" wide. This can be a tricky cut as you get to the last cuts. Take appropriate safety precautions.
Step 4: Arrange Pieces Into a Chevron Pattern and Glue Together Again
Arrange the strips to form a chevron pattern. Use ample amount of glue and clamp together.
Step 5: Cut Out a Circle
Clean up the dried glue and cut the board into a circle. There are several ways to do this. I used a router with a circle cutting jig. In hindsight, I wish I made a circle cutting jig for my bandsaw and cut out the circle via that route.
Step 6: Round Over the Cutting Board's Edges
To spice up the appearance of the cutting board, I added a 1/4″ round over to the top and bottom edges of the cutting board.
Step 7: Sand and Prep for Finish
Cycle through grits of sandpaper up to 220. Raise the grain of the cutting board with a damp cloth before one final sanding with 220 grit sand paper.
Step 8: Apply a Food Safe Finish
Step 9: Enjoy!
I’m really happy with how the chevron cutting board came out. I love the look of the board and can’t wait to make a few more. Thanks for checking out my Instructable!
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