Basic steps to make a cutting board at your local makerspace!
Step 1: Select Your Wood
Compile pieces of wood you would like to use for your cutting board. I chose Walnut and Birch.
Step 2: Cut and Glue
Rip your wood using table saw and cut to size using a miter saw. My boards are usually 15 x 12. I also used a jointer to make sure the edges were true and square so the boards align nicely together. Then, using wood glue, put the pieces of wood together.
Step 3: Clamp Your Board
Using clamps, align your pieces together. Make sure the sides are even and the top of the board is flat. This could take another set of hands. Leave clamps on for at least 10 hours for strong bond.
Step 4: Run Board Through Planer
Run your board through a planer to create an even surface.
Step 5: Customizing Your Board
Using the Shapeoko Desktop CNC, I designed a letter using Illustrator and imported it into Fusion 360.
Using a "sacrifice" board underneath my cutting board, I secured my board to the CNC.
Step 6: Let the CNC Do the Work
Once my project is in Autodesk Fusion 360, I loaded my project and the work began.
Step 7: Using Expoxy to Fill Letter
Use epoxy to fill in letter to create a flush surface. I use Loctite Epoxy Instant Mix, it has a precision applicator to help get into the smaller spaces. Let epoxy cure for 24 hours.
Step 8: Sand
Use orbital sander to create an even surface. I first use a 60 grit paper then a 220 grit to smooth the surface.
Step 9: Wax and Polish
Last step, is to polish the board with mineral oil or wax. I use a combination of both, by using Howard Butcher Block Conditioner. This needs to be done periodically to protect your board.