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
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A full day
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.
Forstner drill bits
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)