My latest cutting board is a based on a design I saw online. It’s built around an argyle pattern that is often found on sweaters.
The first step is to glue a 1.5″ x 1.5″ pieces of poplar and red oak together in a 2 x 2 grid pattern. Additionally, one(1) red oak and two(2) poplar pieces are glues in a “L” shape. Each assembly is about 10″ long. Then, each assembly is sliced into 3/4″ pieces on the table saw or the chop saw. We need eight(8) of the 2×2 pieces and ten “L” shaped ones. The picture below shows the final intended layout.
In the next step, the hard maple borders are added. The following picture shows some of the earliest glue-ups.
Then, the edges are trimmed and walnut is added to the outside. I chose to use a CNC router to flatten the cutting board surface.
I soaked the board in mineral oil for 24 hours and finished with some butcher block conditioner and voila!