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Cutting board using hardwood offcuts

Here's a practical way to put hardwood leftovers or offcuts to use to make a unique chopping board.


We offer a list of timber and board suppliers where you can buy exotic hardwoods or small scraps that you can use to make this attractive cutting board. You can also use Google search to find local suppliers if you struggle to find what you are looking for. 

Try to vary the wood species that you use for this project, in order to create a dramatic contrast between the different woods. The planks should be cut to the same length, but you can vary the thickness depending on the size of the cutting board you want to make. 

To laminate the wood planks together use an exterior-grade wood glue. You will also need strong clamps that are long enough to hold the boards together and apply sufficient pressure until the glue dries. Ideally, you want to apply enough pressure that glue oozes out of the seams.

GOOD TO KNOW: Wipe away any excess glue immediately.

Bessey Clamps are available in a variety of models, types and lengths. If you do lots of woodworking projects you should consider investing in a pair (or more) of these high-quality clamps. You will find them at your local Builders Warehouse, or get in touch with for information on your nearest stockist.

After gluing together you can use a table saw, circular saw, Dremel DSM20, or even a jigsaw, to cut the ends for an even edge. 

Take the time to sand down the edges and flat surfaces, first with 120-grit and then 240-grit sanding pads. This will provide a smooth finish. However, for an even smoother finish use a sanding block and 320-grit sandpaper to hand sand the top and bottom. Wipe clean.

Finish off the chopping block by applying a liberal amount of Howard Butcher's Block Oil. Flood the surfaces with oil until it remains shiny but not wet. The wood will absorb the oil deep into the wood and the surface appear dry, so continue to apply the oil until the surface no longer looks dry. See tips for using Butcher's Block Oil in my Kitchen Island project.

The oil needs to be applied regularly - as soon as the wood starts to appear dry.


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