6 Simple Steps to Make a Decorative Hardwood Cutting Board

You won’t believe how easy it is to make a great looking cutting board with walnut & mahogany

1. Cut Some Strips

In this video, we started with an assortment of boards in various widths but each one 20″-or-so long

  • 3 boards of walnut
  • 2 boards of mahogany, and
  • 1 board of hard white maple

So we cut each board into strips 1-1/4″ wide.  This dimension will become the thickness of the cutting board – so you can choose a different dimension if you want.

Then we selected a few of those strips and ripped them into thinner strips, but rotated them to maintain the 1-1/4″ width. Therefore, some strips were 1/4″ x 1-1/4″ or 3/8″ x 1-1/4″. Somewhere in there. It’s not a critical how thin you rip them. The thinner strips simply provide a little bit of visual interest in the final project.

2. Arrange Strips in a Pattern You Like

Then we lined up the strips and arranged them into a pattern.

Once we settled on the arrangement, we used a felt-tip marker to strike an X across the project. That gives you a queue or a line to keep each piece in the right position, just in case they somehow get out of order.

3. Glue It Up

We then separated the cutting board into two sections and glued each section separately. This was just to keep the project manageable since there were so many strips. We thought two sections were easier to manage than one.

Use Titebond II, and spread the glue on each piece to get full coverage. Then clamp it up, and use one clamp every 8 inches or so.

The pieces are going to slip around. That’s normal, if not frustrating. But just go with it, and do your best to keep them as flush as possible

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