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Picture of Handcrafted 100-piece Segmented Cutting Board!

The perfect gift for any time of year? Absolutely! This cutting board is not only unique, but consists of 100 pieces of beautiful Leatherwood, Wenge, and Maple. This little board is the perfect gift for any time of year, and impresses anybody you show it to. So without further ado, let's get started!

Materials/ Tools needed:

  • Leatherwood (red colored wood)
  • Wenge (dark colored wood)
  • Maple (white colored wood)
  • Sand paper (120 - 1000 grit)
  • Hand-plane
  • Palm sander/ orbit sander
  • Table saw
  • Wood glue
  • Pencil
  • Square
  • Food-safe wood finish (Mineral oil)

Step 1: Choose, and Mark the Wood

Picture of Choose, and Mark the Wood

The first thing you need to do is gather the wood. In this project, I am using Leatherwood (red colored wood), Wenge (dark colored wood), And Maple (white colored wood). You can use any choice of wood, but for this project this is the selection used. Each board should be about 2 ft. long, by 7 inches wide, by 3/4 of an inch.. To start, you will need to mark the boards, with a pencil, at 3/8 of an inch. Then, set your table saw at exactly 3/8", and prepare to cut the wood. It is important to make sure it is 3/8 of an inch, because when cut and squared later on, you will end up with 3 layers of each color maintaining 1.25 of an inch.

Once done, you're ready for the next step!

Nice job, Awesome looking board! I do have one safety comment though. Never use the saw's fence as a stop for cross cutting. Those small squares could have easily caught on the blade and fence and shot back at you. Clamp a board to the fence a couple inches before the blade and use that as your stop to get your size. Then there is some space between the blade and the fence for those pieces to sit.
Thank you very much! Yes, now looking back at this project, I wish I had paid more attention to that when cutting. I was looking for a safer way to cut these, and I greatly appreciate the suggestion. Next time I'll definitely cut them that way. Thanks for viewing! :)
gm2801 year ago

Very nicely done. Some people have no idea how much effort it takes to get things like this precisely cut to match up properly. But you did a great project. I would like to make one suggestion for safety reasons. When you cut such things on a table saw, make your cut off piece be opposite the fence and not between the blade and fence. That way there is no possibility for it to catch and sling back at you. But you did a very nice project. Thumbs Up!

Thank you very much! And thank you for the suggestion! I'm currently 14 yrs old, and don't know all there is to know about table saws yet. But i greatly appreciate your help, have a great day! :)

For 14 years old, you are well on your way to becoming a great woodwork in my opinion. You should be extremely proud of your project. It really is a nice piece of woodworking.

Thank you very much, I greatly appreciate the compliment. :)

davidgun gm2801 year ago

would that not make it very hard to cut the next piece the exact same width?

gm280 davidgun1 year ago
I suggest you research a good cross-cut table saw setup. It is a lot easier to see a video about that then to try and explain it. But it is so easy to do and will yield exact precise cuts every time. You will still get very precise cut each time.
shad66 gm2801 year ago
i will also vouch for the safety tip mentioned above.

a tip for color and durability reasons; you can also patch the inconsistencies in the joints with a mix of wood dust and glue instead of wood filler;

very well done :)

Thank you! Yes, that is actually the technique I used to fill in the gaps. That's cool you thought up the same thing! Thanks for viewing! :)

kirk thill1 year ago

Beautiful ! Great work ! The pattern is mesmorizing ! I'm going to make one but just a bit bigger. My wife tenderizes meat by pounding it with square meat hammer. I'm wondering if it will break apart during this process. I'm thinking about glueing a single piece of plywood to the bottom for added strength. Any thoughts about doing that?

Thank you very much! I would suggest making it out of End Grain wood, because making it the way I did would damage it quite a bit. So I would try making it End grain and about 2 inches thick, so that way it's stronger and less-likely to break or damage it. Here's a link to something that might help you out, it's a different pattern, but it's the same concept. Have a great day!


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JamesM4671 year ago

I think I would of worded this step differently "glue the strips together on top of each other." seems like you want the pieces stacked,when you mean glue the strips edge to edge,or something like that. I understand the step because I have made boards like that.but a new person may not. Just a tip not a troll.

Oh, yes thank you for pointing that out! I will make corrections as soon as I can. Thank you, have a great day! :)

SANDBOX11 year ago

GREAT JOB!!!! Hold your head high because you now know what not to do and how correct mistakes on future projects.

Thank you very much! :)

CraftAndu1 year ago

Now that looks pretty! Voted ;)

Thank you very much! :)