Looking for a satisfying woodworking project? Make this beautiful maple and walnut cutting board/serving tray. Simple enough that you can start in the morning, then finish it in the afternoon.
By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine:February 2007
Drill 1/2-in. holes centered 3/4 in. in from the ends
of the walnut strips. Then lightly clamp all five
boards together so you can scribe the arcs on the ends.
Take the boards out of the clamp, saw and sand the arcs on each
board, and then glue the assembly together, leaving the dowel
Unclamp, sand both sides and drill a 1/4-in.-deep,
3/4-in.-diameter hole at each underside corner.
Glue in the feet and dowel handles, then wipe on a
couple of coats of Butcher Block Oil. That's it—chop some veggies!
Slice, dice and serve in style on this easy, cutting-edge project from
Chris Ryland. We'll show you a simple way to dry-fit the parts,
scribe the arc and then glue the whole works together. We used a
4-ft. steel ruler to scribe the arcs, but a yardstick or any thin board would
also work. Be sure to use water-resistant wood glue and keep your tray
out of the dishwasher or it might fall apart. And one more thing: Keep
the boards as even as possible during glue-up to minimize sanding later.
Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.
Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.
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