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Are you finding some easy-to-do woodworking project using any kinds of wood that is functional and useful? With only pieces of wood at your disposal, you can turn it into a unique and nice-looking cutting board to use at home.

Cutting boards are perhaps one of the most used and important kitchen equipment that any household should always have. And knowing the process how to make one may come in handy. After all, there is nothing wrong with having few choices to use. So this tutorial will provide you the process of how to make a cutting board from any wood, which I’m sure you will enjoy.

Items Needed for this Project

  • Wood

Any wood can be used in making your cutting board. In fact, you can use even scrap and left over wood that you can find at your home. However, if you opt to buy, consider the following when choosing which wood to purchase:

  • Food-safe
  • Closed grain
  • Solid
  • Wood Glue

This is useful to join the pieces of wood together to create the board

  • Sand Pads

We use this on the orbit sander to make sure the board is even and smooth.

  • Sandpaper

To sand through the edges and some areas that the sander cannot reach properly

  • Food safe oil

As the final touches, we can use mineral oil, walnut oil or beeswax to polish the entire surface of the board using a rag to make it glossy, shiny and ready for use.

After preparing these materials, you need to keep these tools available and handy as well when we make the cutting board for an uninterrupted operation:

  • Miter Saw or Table Saw
  • Orbital Sander
  • Clamps
  • Router

Cutting board is an essential and basic kitchen staple. I don’t know any kitchen or even imagine one without it unless you don’t use your kitchen entirely at all, then that is a different story. By the name itself, it is used to cut all known food ingredients when cooking your Masterchef-worthy dishes.

While cutting boards are also available in different materials like plastic, many prefer using wood because studies show it kills bacteria that are present on the meat and produce. And aside from providing that kind of defense, it is also renewable and biodegradable.

Instead of buying one, you can make it at home with any available unused wood you have. Check these pro tips before starting though:

  • Make it large enough to fit in your storage

Some of us would use small cutting boards because while it does the job just fine, it occupies lesser space and is easy to store. However, the bigger cutting board will provide you the space to cut and spare even with those large ingredients.

  • Check the wood quality

When buying the wood, be aware of checking the warp or checks as it can damage the quality of the wood.

Step 1: Prepare the wood

Cut the wood precisely to the same size. For this cutting board, I would love to have some texture on the design and finish output. Thus, I would be using several types of wood such as cherry, walnut, and maple.

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Note: You can use other types of wood available as well.

These wood are cut at about 16” in length and about 1 ¾” in width. I have prepared four cuts of each type.

Step 2: Assemble the pieces

You could use your creativity in this step. Arrange the pieces together depending on what order you like to create some design pattern. You can lay each type together or place them alternately.

Step 3: Glue them together

After deciding on the design you want, put the boards to the clamps and glue them together one by one. Once done, adjust the clamp to press it as tight as possible as it should be laid very flat.

Wipe off the excess glue that squeezed out after you tighten them. To make sure they will securely stick together, you can leave it clamped for hours or overnight. You may need to scrap some glue left that was not wiped off entirely.

Step 4: Cut board to final size

Using the miter saw, the cut board according to the size you want for your cutting board.

Step 5: Sanding and Finishing

With your sander, you may start smoothing the board. Make sure that the entire surface is sanded and smoothened. You may use the sandpaper to sand on the areas that were not covered by the sander.

The last part, but which is not the least, is applying the polish. You can use any food oil that is easily available for you. You can use mineral oil, which perhaps is the most convenient as what I usually use. Spread it around the board and leave it for about 5-7 minutes. Wipe off the excess, and apply another coat again. You can have two more coats for better effect. Let it sit overnight to absorb fully before using the board.

Note: When the wood gets dry, just apply mineral oil to it. As it is advised, you have to apply daily for the first month and continue to do so regularly at least once a week in the succeeding months.


Did you enjoy the process? Did you like how the combination of different kinds of wood looks in the finished product? This is one of the simplest and most basic woodworking you can do at home. The great thing about knowing the steps and doing it yourself is the fact that you can customize and make different kinds of styles and pattern of the board and maximize the use of some unused wood you have at home. This is a great gift idea for your friends and family as well. Thus this list can be your important guide. And this is more economical than actually buying one in the store.

So what do you think of making one for yourself? How do you like yours to look? Tell us what you think in the comments section below. I know there are a lot of homemakers and DIY builders who may want to check this out. So if you find it interesting, please don’t forget to share.

  • July 9, 2017
  • DIY