Building a Custom Cutting Board


Serve up some hors d'oeuvres on custom cutting boards! Our plans make it easy to build. Quick and easy download.


Learn To Build a Custom Cutting Board


All woodworkers, at one time or another, will try their hand at making a cutting board. Both of the boards here are quick and fun projects that use small pieces of wood that are too nice to throw out. I typically make three or four boards at once, since it isn’t much more work than making just one. Also, having an extra cutting board (or two) on hand gives you a few “emergency” presents for those unexpected events.

All cutting boards are either end-grain or side-grain designs, depending on which orientation of wood acts as the cutting surface. The two designs here are small boards intended for cheese or bread. The first is made of strips of oak and walnut. Oak, a fairly open-pored wood, is not a typical choice for cutting boards; however, the board isn’t an end-grain project, so oak won’t cause any trouble. The second board is made of strips of maple, purpleheart and walnut, also oriented side-grain up. For your own board, you can choose the same species I did or pick your own. Generally, any wood with a tight grain pattern and small pores is a good choice. I’ve also used teak, jatoba, cherry, beech and even bamboo for other boards.

This is a sample of our custom made set of woodworking plans that are included already in our full site wood plans package, which also contains 15,000 more great wood plans like this. These small sample plans are intended to give our customers a preview of our large woodworking plans package before they purchase it. Please note, this particular item does not include the thousands of bonus wood plans on that package, this is for one plan only. This is one of the plans included as part of the complete woodworking plans package. Perhaps if this plan is all you need, then purchase it direct, otherwise, our full site access plan package is the best overall value.

Our plans are designed and written to be easy to follow and understand. This is a very simple plan with very simple instructions. You don't need an engineering degree and be able to read complex blueprints to understand our plans. You should be comfortable with woodworking and have good solid building skills, but our blueprints are still designed to be easy to read.

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