… a handtool woodworker ever hears are “hey, would you make me a cutting board?” from a friend. In my experience, cutting boards (especially the butcher block variety) are largely a way to turn scraps into revenue. And more often than not, they tend to be made from hard maple (a P.I.T.A. to work with hand tools).
But this particular friend is a very close friend, and I had some leftover 2×6 hard maple from my old workbench. And so, a rather utilitarian cutting board is born.
I had thought about doing a “Basic Project” installment on this project, but there wouldn’t be much to it. In fact, the hardest part was flattening the kiln-dried 8/4 hard maple. Step 1: Laminate the board. Step 2: Glue on four wooden feet. Step 3: Break the hard edges with a plane, sandpaper or a trim router. Step 4: Apply foodsafe oil.
There is plenty left over for a second cutting board, if I so desire. Which I will not.