How to Make a Cutting Board from Any Wood?

Woodwork projects can occasionally be intimidating. However, this project of cutting board is easier than you might think.

Provided you’ve a dense hardwood, which in my opinion is the best wood for cutting boards, some basic shop materials and some basic DIY skills, you will easily make a chef-worthy cutting board accessory that will serve you well.

Here is an exclusive guide on how to make a cutting board from any wood.

Materials Needed;

  • Hardwood scraps
  • Wood glue
  • Mineral oil, Glubot
  • Beeswax & oil blend
  • Sandpaper
  • Glue Brush

Tools Required;

  • Table saw
  • Milter saw
  • Sander
  • Router
  • Planer
  • Round over bit
  • Clamps
  1. Prepare the Materials

The do-it-yourself cutting board is easily made using any outcast boards that have no use. First, make sure the wood is in good shape, has been exactly cut, and is smooth on all edges.

It is recommendable to purchase wood boards from a cabinet or mill shop rather than a hardware shop to have the precisely cut materials. You can also use miter saws to cut your wood accurately. You also check the best miter saws at

Set two pieces of scrap wood with the same size sizes on your work surface. Put 16” X 6-3/4” piece in the center with two 16” x 4-3/4” pieces on each side.

  1. Glue Board Center Together

Smear a drop of glue on one side of the wood center piece and spread it fast with the fingertip. Then place it flat and stick it against the right-sidepiece.Repeat the similar processon the right side of the left part and stick against the left side of the centerpiece. Make sure you line up the edges well. 

  1. Clampingthe Boards

Fasten the boards in place using pipe clamps to press the woods together. Use four bar clamps to ensure the joints are straight. It would be best if you used the clamps together with small pieces of parchment paper to avert clamps from sticking to the glue. Using wipe away any glue that squeezes out using a damp rag. Leave the board to stay clamped for some hours or even overnight.

  1. Scrape Off Excess Glue

When the glue has dried completely, take out the wooden cutting board from the clamps. Use a chisel to remove the excess dried glue.While at it, proceed with caution to avoid damaging the wood.You should ensure that you scrape off all the excess glue from the wood before you smear the food-safe finish.

  1. Sand and Oil the DIY Cutting

Once the glue has dried and you have removed the excess glue, its time to sand. Sand both the sides of the board and the edges to soften the corners using an orbital sander fitted with an 80-grit sanding pad. Repeat the process of sanding with 120-grit and then the 220-grit sandpaper. Make sure to sand off all the dried glue before finishing off.

Once the entire surface is well sanded, rub the whole cutting board with numerous coats of a food-safe finish such as walnut oil, mineral oil, or beeswax. Allow the oil to fully absorb into the wood by leaving the cutting board to dry overnight before using it.  You will need to reply to the food-safe finishes regularly.


That’s it! Now you can now use this guide to come up with a cutting board from any type of wood. To be able to use both sides of the cutting board, do not put any feet on the board. Always apply more mineral oil on the cutting board whenever it looks dry.