How to Make a Wooden Chopping Board and Serving Tray

Great Saturday project

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


One day




Under $20

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.

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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