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Cutting Board

Got an afternoon? Make this cutting board and wow your family and friends at your next soiree!

cutting board

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

1 weekend

Estimated Cost


Tools and Materials


  • Table saw with combination blade
  • Drill and #8 countersink bit
  • Tape measure
  • #2 Phillips driver bit
  • Sanding block and 120-, 220-, and 320-grit sandpaper
  • Painter's rags


  • 1 - 1 x 12 x 48-inch maple board
  • 2 pkgs. ceramic magnets (#185097)
  • 2 pkgs. #8 x 1-1/4-inch flathead wood screws
  • 6 pkgs. #8 x 1-1/4-inch flathead brass wood screws
  • Wood Glue
  • Titebond III Ultimate Glue (#627)
  • Loctite Instant Mix Clear Epoxy (#20640)
  • #8x2-1/2-inch flathead wood screws
  • #8x2-1/2-inch flathead brass wood screws
  • 1/2-inch clear rubber bumpers (#55659)
  • 3/8-inch wood plug (#19435)
  • Watco Butcher Block Oil (#43860)

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Project Resources


This innovative cutting board does double duty -- with a magnet side for keeping cutlery handy, and a handle side for chopping and transporting ingredients. To get on board, just download the diagrams and follow these easy step-by-step instructions.

Make the Cut

Step 1

To begin, cut a 4-foot maple 1x12 in half to make the top and bottom. One of these boards will accommodate magnets. Mark a 7/8-inch notch that matches the length of the four magnets, centering this opening on one end of the board.

Step 2

Use a jigsaw with a clean-cut blade to make the notch (Cut List). Cut as close to the mark as possible without removing the line. Sand the notch.

Step 3

To achieve crisp inside corners and make the magnets fit perfectly, use spray mount adhesive to attach your sandpaper to a hardwood scrap as a sanding block.

Step 4

To laminate the top and bottom boards, use screws as clamps. Stack the parts together, and from the bottom face, drill countersunk pilot holes where shown. Drive steel #8x1-1/4-inch flathead wood screws; note that the screw locations are located clear of the cut lines (Project Diagram).

Good to Know

To avoid breaking or stripping soft brass screws in hardwoods, drive a steel screw into the hole and then replace it with the brass screw of the same size.

Step 5

Remove the steel screws and separate boards. Sand any stray fibers at each screw hole location that may prevent the boards from laying tightly together; apply wood glue and clamp the boards back together with the steel screws; let dry.

Step 6

Replace the steel screws with brass screws (brass will not rust when the board is hand washed).

Step 7

For the magnet spacer blank, cut a 7/8-inch strip from one end of the blank (Cutting Diagram), then cut away the section where the screws were driven in the waste area earlier; cut a 1-inch strip for the handle spacer/handle blank.

Step 8

Cut the board to 18 inches in length and then cross cut the panel at an angle. This can be done on a table saw or handheld circular saw using a straight edge clamped to the board as a guide. Don't worry if you are a little off the line. The key is to get a clean cut, not one that perfectly matches the layout.

Assemble the Board

Step 1

With the trimmed magnet spacer in hand, rip a 3/8x7/8-inch strip off the spacer blank, and then cut it to length so it fits the magnet notch -- this filler will raise the magnets flush with the cutting surface. Glue and clamp the filler in place; let dry.

Step 2

From the handle blank, cut two pieces 1-inch long to be used for the spacers and one 7-1/2 inches long that will be used for the handle.

Step 3

Glue the pieces together centered on the end of the cutting board to form the handle; hold the pieces in place with painter's tape.

Step 4

When the glue has cured, drill pilot holes and countersinks to conceal the screw heads. The countersinks should be about 1/4-inch deep. Drive the screws, then apply glue to the holes and tap in 3/8-inch tapered wood plugs. Let dry and sand all surfaces with 180-grit sandpaper.

Step 5

Before applying the finish, use painter's tape to mask off the area that will hold the magnets.

Step 6

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Remove tape; follow epoxy package directions to secure the magnets into the recess. Complete the board by adding the rubber feet.