Ask This Old House’s general contractor Tom Silva, along with host Kevin O’Connor, created a cutting board from walnut, cherry, maple and maple to create a 3D cube effect.
- All boards should be the same thickness. Tom used a thickness plane.
- Set the table saw blade at a 30-degree angle.
- Each side must be equal in length to create a rhombus. The angled side should be measured. Tom recommends not using the hook to get an exact measurement.
- Mark the mark and make the cut.
- For the second board, repeat the process.
- Use a small brush to glue the walnut and maple together to form a “V”. Don’t apply glue too thick. Avoid gluing glue to the outside as it could cause problems with future joints.
- Add the cherry wood to the top of your “V”. The hexagon should be formed.
- Tape the wood around and allow it to dry.
- After the glue has dried, you can begin to cut wood. Tom installs a stopblock on his miter saw so that he can make 1-1/2″ length cuts.
- You can cut the wood to a length of 1-1/2″ until you have the whole thing.
- Sand the sides of the hexagons.
- Dry-assemble your board to form a rectangle shape.
- Make sure to sanitize your work area in order to prevent glue from sticking to the table.
- You can glue one or all three sides depending on where the hexagon is placed. Excessive glue can cause tight joints.
- Let the glue dry.
- Next, you will need a router that has a large planer blade. Tom designed a sled that would fit his router and the cutting boards. The router should be run along the top edge of the cutting board. This router acts as a planer because it works with the end grain of the wood and would chip or damage the pieces where it catches the grain.
- Turn the board upside down and place the router on the opposite side.
- Mix some wood glue and sawdust to fill in cracks on the boards. Apply the paste to the board.
- Use the table saw to square up the edges of your board until they are perfectly square.
- Round the edges using a router.
- Use 150 grit sandpaper to sand the entire board.
- Add food-grade finish. Allow to dry for 12-24 hours before applying a second coat.
Tom made the cutting board from pieces of maple, cherry and mahogany. They were the best choice because they are easy to use for the 3D cube effect.
Tom used a combination of a Kapex KS120 sliding-compound miter saw made by Festool and an Industrial Table Saw made by SawStop to cut the boards’ angles.
Kevin and Tom joined everything together with Gorilla Glue wood glue.
You can find all the materials you need, such as sandpaper or mineral oil, at your local home center or woodworking supply store.
- Safety glasses
- Protection for the ear
- Walnut wood
- Maple wood
- Cherry wood
- Wood glue
- Tape for Painters
- Mineral oil
Tools & Materials
- Thickness planer
- Table saw
- Tape measure
- Use a small brush to apply glue
- Miter saw
- Wide planer router blade
- Roundover router bit
- Putty knife
- Track saw