Mas­ter­piece Cut­ting Board

The Family Handyman - - CONTENTS - BY GARY WENTZ

The de­sign is stun­ning but mak­ing it is sim­ple; all you do is cut and glue scraps of wood.

This cut­ting board daz­zles the eye, but mak­ing it is easy: Just cut strips of wood and glue them to­gether. I used wal­nut and maple scraps cut at in­cre­ments of 1/8 in., but the vari­a­tions are end­less. I made four ver­sions of this de­sign and got smarter with each—and I’ve shared my lessons on the fol­low­ing pages.

EAS­IER THAN IT SEEMS KEEP IT SIM­PLE OR GET FANCY This de­sign works well as a ba­sic rec­tan­gle. Or you can dress up your cut­ting board with curves. A juice groove con­tains messes and adds vis­ual piz­zazz. Cut two strips of each width—one from maple, one from wal­nut. The strips dif­fer by in­cre­ments of 1/8 in., so the widths are: 1/8, 1/4, 3/8, 1/2, 5/8, 3/4, 7/8, 1, 1-1/8 and 1-1/4 in.

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