Woodworking Project: Make Cutting Boards From Scrap Wood Step by Step Guide

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Step 1: Gather Materials & Supplies & Details on the Type of Wood You Should Use

You’ll need a decent amount of scraps for this project, so make sure to look in all of the nooks and crannies of your shop to make sure they aren’t hiding from you. You’d be surprised how many pieces you’ll find.

You want to use hardwoods for this project. Pine and other softer woods are not a good choice, as they will wear too quickly. Some good choices here in the U.S. are Walnut, Cherry, and Maple. I also used Hickory and Padauk.

The tools used are a little involved, for sure. You could maybe get away with doing this with a belt sander instead of a planer, but you’ll end up with a lot more gaps.

Here are the tools I used:

  • Dewalt 20V Max Impact Driver
  • DEWALT DW735X 13″ Two-Speed Planer
  • Bosch ROS65VC-6 Random Orbit Sander
  • SawStop PCS 1.75-HP Professional Cabinet Saw
  • DEWALT FLEXVOLT 120v MAX* 12″ Double Bevel Compound Sliding Miter Saw
  • HNT Gordon Block Plane

The materials are pretty basic, just glue, finish, and rubber feet.

  • Titebond III Wood Glue
  • Mineral Oil
  • Rubber Feet
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