Chevron Cutting Board




About: Hi, I am Ashley. I am a geek and woodworker. I am author of the DIY and woodworking blog, Handmade with Ashley. I also have a YouTube channel where I share video tutorials. I have always been into crafts. M...

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.



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

Apply a food safe finish.

I used a coat of mineral oil. Once it dried, I added a coat of Howard’s Butcher Block Conditioner.

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!

Watch a video tutorial down below:





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    1 year ago

    I love how this turned out Ashley! It is so striking, especially the contrast and the beautiful lines. Great overview video as well. I'm really starting to get an itch to make a cutting board after seeing this as well as Bruce Ulrich's video and 'ible on cutting boards.

    4 replies

    Reply 1 year ago

    Right on! Do it! What wood will you choose? If you use walnut, people will say you're going to poison people. ;)


    Question 1 year ago on Step 3

    I don't see the dimensions you used to cut the 45 deg strips. Also, your video mentions that you made a couple of mistakes. Might be helpful to say what those were so we can avoid them if we try to make this. Very nice result.

    1 answer

    Answer 1 year ago

    thanks for pointing that out. I'll update the step. The strips are about 1 1/2" wide. The main mistake I'm referring to is a slight alignment issue when I clamped together the chevron pattern. Not really noticeable unless you really stare at it, but because I know it's there it bothers me. :P


    1 year ago

    Did you not use the planer you called for in the tool list?

    1 reply