Today we will be making two cutting boards out of different wood. You will need basic woodworking tools. This is a fairly easy and quick project. You can complete this in a few hours and it is a fun project for beginners interested in woodworking. The dimensions I used are 13 ½ , 8 , ¾ “(LxWxT), but feel free to change these to suit the size that you want.
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Step 1: Materials
You will need:
- Walnut wood
- Pine wood
- Tape measure
- Titebond 3 Glue
- Howard Cutting Board Oil
- Miter Saw
- Table Saw
- Disc Sander
- CNC Router(Design)
Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)
Step 2: Rough Dimensions
Maple and walnut are the woods you should use, as they are not as porous, and will not soak up the juices in the food and rot. After you acquire your wood, cut it down to your rough dimensions. Rough dimensions are 1 extra inch in length, and 1/2 in width. Plane down to the nearest inch above your thickness. Cut these pieces into strips, so they can be glues to form a stripe pattern. Once you have done this, arrange the pieces to find the best fit. Make sure all the sides fit together for when you are ready to glue. Use the jointer if you need to smooth the sides so they fit better together.
Step 3: Glue and Clamps
Next you need to glue the pieces together. Use Titebond three and spread glue all over the sides you are glueing together. Once you have done this, Arrange the boards so that one of the edges, or ends, is straight. Do this as a reference for measuring and so you can cut the other sides. Clamp the boards together, and space the clamps about every four inches. Keeps the clamps one inch away from the ends of the board. Let the glue sit for an hour or two, and then take the clamps off.
Step 4: Plane to Thickness
Make sure when your using your planner to only to it the recommended amount for that planner or you may break it. Set your planner to the thickness of your board, and then set it a little lower. Keep putting the board through the planner until you reach your desired thickness.
Step 5: Rip to Final Width
Set the stop to the thickness you need, and then rip the board down to your width. Make sure you use a push stick if it is a smaller cut, so you do not cut yourself.
Step 6: Cut to Final Length
Use the miter saw to cut to your final width. Make sure the cut is at 0 degrees, so you have a straight cut.
Step 7: Rounding the Edges
Use the disc sander to round of the sides. Make sure you sand against the board so you get a nice quick sand. Don't push the board against the sander to hard, or you will receive burn marks on your board. If you get these, lightly sand the edges some more to get rid of them. Sand to the curve you want.
Step 8: Lastly, Apply Cutting Board Oil
Lastly use Howards Cutting Board Oil to the coating and finish for where you will cut. I like to use Howard's because it is relatively cheap and can be found in most basic craft and wood stores. Make sure you rub the oil in well, and coat the whole surface. Once you applied the oil, let it dry on the board for about half an hour. Apply at least 3 coats and you may apply a 4th if necessary.