These instructions assume you already know the basic procedures for creating an end grain cutting board. If you have never made an end grain cutting board before The Wood Whisperer has a great video called A Cut Above the Rest explaining an end grain cutting board from start to finish.

Materials List

The legnth of each board is generated allowing 1/8'' an inch for the blade kerf, and an additional 1/8'' on each side to clean up uneven edges when glueing together panels. Feel free to add an extra 1/4-1/2'' to the board lengths for extra leway.

Maple
ThicknessWidthLengthCount
B13/4''3''18 1/8''3
B43/4''3''16 3/4''1

Walnut
ThicknessWidthLengthCount
B23/4''3''18 1/8''1
B33/4''3''16 3/4''3

Building the Panels


Each panel needs to be edge glued together in the order listed for the panel in the diagrams below. Use a water resistant or water proof glue such as Titebond II or for more time to assemble the panels and better water resistance use Titebond III. To help keep panels flat homemade clamping cauls can be easily made.

Panel 1
B1B1B2B1

Panel 2
B3B3B4B3

After the glue has been cleaned off the panels and the edges have been squared it is time to cut the slices from the panels.

The next step is cutting the slices from each panel. The slice is a cross cut through the panel. Every slice should be the exact same width at 1 1/4''

Slice Count
Panel 1 - 13 slices
Panel 2 - 12 slices

After all the slices have been cut one final glue up is needed to assemble the cutting board. Each slice is rotated so the endgrain is faceing up and the facegrain is being glued together.

It is recomended to layout the slices before glueing them together, the slice order from left to right.