Woodshop Cutting Board 101 06-01-2024

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Summary And Links

We're doing a Cutting Board 101 Class!

Will be held as two sessions

Saturday, 01 June 2024 & Sunday, 02 June 2024

3:00-6:00 PM (15.00-18.00 EST). Expect we'll finish quicker on 2nd day.

Eventbrite Registration Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/i3-detroit-cutting-board-101-tickets-899454742347?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
  • Bonus: I'll create some combination of 1/4 and 1/8 thin accent strips that I'll make available to the class. Wood TBD
  • 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! Given that we'll create a profile around the perimeter, you may choose to use thicker strips on the edge.

The web page wood cost is not reflective of the cost we pay as hardwood has become quite expensive. There is also quite a bit of waste when creating unique boards. Other cutting board classes in the metro area are $120+.

Class Notes

Class fee is $60 for members and $80 for non-members. You will go home with a cutting board made by you! Impress your future dinner party guests with your charcuterie board which you designed and made from scratch. If cared for properly, these boards can last a very long time

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 requires 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 weeks

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 and/or clamps
  • 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

Example boards from previous classes

The following pictures showcase examples from previous classes along with types of wood used. Maple is the lightest color, followed by cherry. Walnut is a light brown. Padauk is a deeper brown with a reddish tint. Purpleheart is difficult to see in these pictures but can be found elsewhere on the web.

IMG 3295.jpg Note: Purpleheart turns brown after cutting but returns to purple after a couple of days

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