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How to Make a Wooden Chopping Board and Serving Tray

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

Assembly steps

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.

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Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

    • Miter saw
    • Cordless drill
    • Tape measure
    • Forstner drill bits
    • Jigsaw
    • Orbital sander
    • Safety glasses

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

    • Three 20-in. x 3-1/2-in. maple boards
    • Two 23-1/2-in. x 1/2-in. x 3/4-in. walnut strips (handle strips)
    • Two 5-in. x 1/2-in.-diameter dowels (handles)
    • Four 3/4-in. x 3/4-in.-diameter dowels (for feet)

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June 16, 3:43 PM [GMT -5]

Nice little project for the wife! Only issue I had was finding 1/2" "Walnut Strips" so I used 3/4 X 3/4 red oak. Came out VERY nice. Just keep in mind you'll have to cut handles to 5-1/2" instead of 5" due to the thickness of oak adds half inch more width to chopping board. Plus, going with 3/4 Oak adds a little more meat to the bone, strength wise. No pun intended!

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