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How To Make A Cutting Board

DIY cutting board tutorial, Step-by-step cutting board.


Step 1: Prepare the wood

  • Measure and mark the desired dimensions for your cutting board on the Jatoba and Maple wood boards.

  • Use a table saw or a miter saw to cut the boards to size.

  • If the boards are rough, use a planer to smooth them out.


Step 2: Create the pattern

  • Arrange the Jatoba and Maple wood boards in a pattern of your choice. This can be alternating stripes or any other design you prefer.

  • Make sure the edges fit tightly together.


Step 3: Glue the boards

  • Apply a thin layer of food-safe wood glue to one edge of the boards.

  • Press the boards together, aligning the edges to create a tight bond.

  • Use woodworking clamps to hold the boards firmly in place while the glue dries. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for the specific glue you are using.


Step 4: Trim the cutting board

  • Once the glue is fully dried, remove the clamps and trim the edges of the cutting board to make them even.

  • Use a table saw or a router with a flush-trim bit to trim the edges.


Step 5: Sand the cutting board

  • Start with a coarse-grit sandpaper (around 80 grit) to remove any rough spots, imperfections, or glue residue on the surface of the cutting board.

  • Gradually move to finer grits (120, 220, and 320) to smooth the surface further.

  • Pay attention to the edges and corners to ensure they are smooth and free of any sharp edges.


Step 6: Apply Odie's Oil or food-safe wood finish

  • Make sure the cutting board is clean and free of any dust or debris.

  • Apply a liberal amount of Odie's Oil or other food-safe wood finish to the surface of the cutting board.

  • Use a lint-free cloth or brush to evenly spread the finish, making sure to cover the entire surface.

  • Allow the finish to soak into the wood for the recommended time according to the manufacturer's instructions.

  • Wipe off any excess finish with a clean cloth.


Step 7: Let it cure and repeat

  • Allow the cutting board to cure for the recommended time specified by the manufacturer of the wood finish. This usually takes at least 24 hours.

  • After the initial cure, lightly sand the surface with a fine-grit sandpaper (320 or higher) to remove any raised wood fibers or imperfections.

  • Apply a second coat of Odie's Oil or food-safe wood finish, following the same process as before.

  • Repeat this step for a third coat if desired, ensuring proper curing time between each application.


Step 8: Final touches

  • Once the cutting board is fully cured, give it a final sanding using a fine-grit sandpaper (400 or higher) to achieve a smooth and polished surface.

  • Clean the cutting board with a damp cloth to remove any sanding residue.

  • Apply a thin



Jatoba and Maple Cutting board used to display a beautiful  Christmas Noel  Carving.
Beautiful Cutting Board Idea

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