Woodshop Cutting Board 101 03-23-2024

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Summary And Links

We're doing a Cutting Board 101 Class!

Will be held as two sessions

Saturday, 23 March 2024 & Sunday, 24 March 2024

3:00-5:00 PM (15.00-17.00 EST)

Eventbrite Registration Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wood-cutting-board-2-day-class-i3-detroit-tickets-861045439087?aff=oddtdtcreator


Go to this URL https://www.cuttingboarddesigner.com/designer/id/ddcfa0d5-7c2c-42d1-82eb-a3448a514752

This is the design we'll be making. You can customize your own board subject to the following constraints:

  • Woods available to class: Hard Maple, Cherry, Walnut, Padauk, Purpleheart
  • In order to keep the cost of the class reasonable, you should use a minimum of 6 inches of either Maple or Cherry, and you can use other woods for the remaining 4.5 inches
  • Also for cost (and time), keep board width to 10.5 inches
  • Our boards will be about 3/4 inches thick
  • In order to keep class moving at a steady speed, we'll only be using widths of 0.5, 1.0, and 1.5 inches

For example, here are other permissible designs




Use your artistic freedom!

Do not be fooled by the cost shown on that web page. Wood has become extremely expensive, and most cutting board classes are $100+

Class Notes

Class fee is $25 (this will go up at least 2x for future instances!!!) and you will get to go home with a cutting board made by you! Impress your future dinner party guests with your charcuterie board which you helped design and make from scratch.

Tools List

Tools used in the class, in order

  • Jointer (Instructor only for 101 class, likely done ahead of class)
  • Planar (possible, depending on how much prep I can do ahead)
  • Table saw
  • Clamps
  • Planar
  • Orbital Sander
  • Router (optional, may be done by instructor for those not familiar with routing)

Table saw and router require authorization

Caring for your board

  • Do not ever use inside dishwasher
  • Do not let it soak in water
  • Find cutting board oil, commonly available at home box stores and online, and re-apply every few months

Materials List

The materials below are all based on a class size of 5 and will be provided by instructor

We'll need:

  • Glue-up Jigs (optional)
  • Wood: Mix of domestic and exotic
  • Glue: Titebond III
  • Foam brushes for applying glue
  • Disposable towels to clean-up excess glue
  • Wax paper (may not be necessary, depending on number and availability of jigs)
  • Cutting board oil


Last updated 3/12/2024

1. Finalize this page!!!

2. Make glue-up jigs, targeted for weekend of March 24/25th. Re-usable in the future for other classes as well. Melamine boards already at i3