The Family Handyman - - BEST PRO TIPS -

EASE THE EDGES: Dull the sharp edges with sand­pa­per or a router. I used a 1/8-in. round-over bit.

FIN­ISH IT WITH OIL: Oil fin­ishes are best for this project be­cause they’re easy to re­new. When the fin­ish wears, just wipe on a fresh coat of oil. There are oils in­tended for cut­ting boards, but I used min­eral oil from the drug­store (after sand­ing the en­tire cut­ting board with 80- and 120-grit).


3/4-in.-thick boards at least 22 in. long and a to­tal width of at least 8-1/4 in. for each species. The cost for wal­nut and maple is about $20 per cut­ting board.

2x6 x 6 ft. of pine

(for cauls)

Six 3/8-in. x 5-in. lag screws and wash­ers

1/8-in. MDF

(for tem­plates)

n Wa­ter­proof wood glue such as Elmer’s Wood Glue Max or Tite­bond III

Sand­ing sup­plies Min­eral oil, duct tape, dou­ble-sided tape.


Mark curves onto the cut­ting board by trac­ing around a tem­plate made from 1/8-in MDF. Rough-cut the shape with a band saw or jig­saw, keep­ing the blade about 1/8 in. from the line. Then fas­ten the tem­plate to the cut­ting board with dou­ble-sided tape. A pat­tern bit guided by the tem­plate pro­duces per­fect curves. I glued a scrap of 1/4-in. ply­wood to the un­der­side of this tem­plate and to the juice groove tem­plate. That el­e­vates the tem­plate and al­lows the bear­ing to make full con­tact with it.


I cut a juice groove us­ing a tem­plate (2-1/4 in. smaller than the one shown above) and a 3/4-in. core box router bit with a bear­ing ($40). A smaller bit would also work. Most core box bits don’t in­clude a bear­ing, so you may need to add one or mount a rub col­lar on your router base.

Bear­ing 1/8" round-over Juice groove

Tem­plate 1/4" spacer be­neath tem­plate

Over­all tem­plate di­men­sions: 13-3/4" x 21" 3/4" 1/2"

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