Spring is here and so is grilling season! Get prepared by gathering all of the necessities. If the cutting board is looking a bit worse for wear, why not make one yourself? Wood cutting boards are sturdy and reliable. If wood is strong enough to make baseball bats it can handle some pre-grilling chopping.
You will need:
Step 1: Decide on the design for the cutting board. An end-grain board exposes the wood pores on the ends of the board. An edge-grain board features grains that run long. An end-grain board is more durable but the wood must be cut to create uniform blocks of wood that are as tall as the cutting board is thick. These blogs are arranged with the end-grains pointing up to create the face of the board. All of the edge-grains are joined together so the board looks like a grid of wood blocks attached to create a square.
Step 2: Choose the wood, selecting pieces that do not contain any gouges, knots, or splits. Select boards that can easily be cut to the desired dimensions.
Step 3: Cut the wood, using a saw that will provide the straightest cuts. For example, a table saw can be used to rip 1×6 boards into widths of several inches. These boards can then be cut to length using a circular miter saw.
Step 4: Join the wood together using a method that is compatible with your skill set. Master carpenters may opt for dovetails while those with middle of the road skill sets might create pocket holes, biscuits, or dowels. A simple combination of butt-joints secured by food-safe wood glue works just as well. For this method, arrange the boards in the desired size and order. Apply a bead of glue to the areas where the boards make contact. Use clamps to attach the entire cutting board. Remove excess glue with a damp cloth and let the cutting board sit clamped for at least 24 hours.
Step 5: Once the glue has set, remove the clamps. Finish shaping the board with a saw and router.
Step 6: Sand the board until it is smooth. Remove the sanding dust with a tack cloth.
Step 7: Condition the cutting board by dipping a clean rag in food grade mineral oil and rubbing this all over the board.
Step 8: The cutting board can be cleaned using soap and water but it should never be soaked in water. Dry the board immediately after cleaning and keep it conditioned with regular coatings of mineral oil.