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Maple Cutting Board

Maple Cutting Board

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If you're looking for a woodworking project that is very easy to build and yet looks spectacular, check out this hardwood cutting board. The tools required to make this project are basic, and it only takes about two hours to build.

Cutting boards are useful, as every kitchen needs at least one. However, not every wood species is recommended for cutting boards. Open-grained stock such as oak aren't conducive for use in such a project, as food particles can become embedded in the grain. Instead, choose a tight-grained stock such as birch, or in this case, maple.

Download the Free Woodworking Plans to build this hardwood cutting board (PDF).

Difficulty Level
  • Woodworking: Easy
  • Finishing: Mineral Oil or Salad Bowl Oil

  • Time to Complete
  • 2 Hours

  • Recommended Tools
  • Miter Saw or Circular Saw
  • Table Saw with Dado Set
  • Router with 3/4" Roundover Bit
  • Materials Needed
  • Three (3) Pieces 1x6 x 16-1/2" - Maple or Birch
  • Two (2) Pieces 1x4 x 14" - Maple or Birch
  • Tape Measure
  • Pencil
  • Waterproof Woodworker's Glue such as Titebond II
  • Mineral Oil or Salad Bowl Oil
  • Sandpaper
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