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How to Make a Wooden Chopping Board and Serving Tray

Making a wood cutting board is a great Saturday project.

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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.

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Time
A full day
Complexity
Beginner
Cost
Less than $20

Making a wood cutting board assembly steps

Learn how to make your own cutting board with the following step-by-step instructions.

Photo 1: Mark the curves

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.

Photo 2: Assemble

Take the boards out of the clamp, saw and sand the arcs on each board, and then glue the assembly together, leaving the dowel handles unglued.

Photo 3: Finish up

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. Before you start making a wood cutting board, 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.

Required Tools for this Project

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

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

Required Materials for this Project

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

  • Four 3/4-in. x 3/4-in.-diameter dowels (for feet)
  • 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)