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DIY: How to Build a Cutting Board

A cutting board can be used for several different things. Either to chop up fruits and vegetables, for transporting grill ingredients or for quaint serving of small "delicacies". Better, however, than a purchased board is a homemade board made of solid oak. Today I'll show you how to successfully build a solid and also modern-looking chopping board.

Material Tools
Oak Panel 400mm x 250mm 43mm Mitre Saw
2 Handles in a modern look Router
Wooden screws 6x25mm Cordless Screwdriver
Mineral Oil Cloth, brush
  Bowl and Tray router bit

For building the cutting board, I used a glued wood panel made of oak. Especially because of its thickness, it is particularly suitable as a cutting board. But you can also make your own and glue one or more plates together.

To cut the plate at a 90-degree angle to the correct length, I used my mitre saw from Einhell. With its saw blade, which is movable from front to back, boards up to 35 cm width can be cut. You could also change the angle and mitre, but this doesn't make any sense in this project. 

After you cut the board to length, you can start immediately with the "juice groove". For that I drew markings onto the board as a little help, to know until where the groove should go.

Before working with the router and the bowl and tray router bit, I clamp the workpiece tightly to the table with a clamp and put on goggles and ear muffs. Now I adjust the side stop of the router and practise the movements on the cutting board before turning it on. It is important that the screw clamp doesn't bother you. Also the side stop is very important for a clean and straight lead. Then I set the depth stop of the router and measure again if the depth is okay. The depth stop prevents you from pushing the router to deep into the wood. I begin milling in the corner of the juice groove. When the machine is switched on, I push the router down until it reaches the stop. Then I can flip the locking lever and the router remains in this position. (black handle)

Now I can easily move the router along the edges of the chopping board without pushing down too far.

After finishing all the sides of th groove, I can start sanding the edges of the wood piece. For sanding the edges, I used sandpaper (80 grit). I do that by going over the edges once. It is important that you always go along the edges. I sand the chopping board by hand. At the beginning I use sandpaper with grit 80, then 150 and later grit 240 . If you want you can also take even finer grains, but that's enough for me. Here you should note that the juice groove must be ground a bit more intense because dark spots have formed due to the router.

After I finished sanding I applied mineral oil onto the piece and rub it in with a cloth, repeating the process again once finished. 

To make lifting and holding the cutting board easier, I use metal handles. But before I screw them to the board, I predrilled the holes with a 5mm drill, thus preventing cracks from forming in the wood. To attach the handles, I use wood screws 6x25mm and screw them into the pre-drilled holes with a screwdriver.

Now your DIY chopping board is ready, I wish you a good appetite!

 

Kind regards

Tobis Lichtdesign

AuthorTobias Peters
Reading time5 minutes

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