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The quick and dirty instructions on how to make a zig-zag pattern cutting board.

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Blog entry by ganders posted 08-06-2008 12:26 PM 11108 reads 116 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The quick and dirty instructions on how to make a zig-zag pattern cutting board.

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Choose a couple different types of hardwood. The more colors the better. Below is cherry, maple and walnut.
Rip strips of wood any width so the total with is about 12”. This is the width that will fit through my planer. The beauty of this is that none of the widths have to be the same. The board shown below is made of scrape wood. If you only have short pieces of wood you can make trivets, or lids for boxes.
Remove saw marks by sending the strips through the planer. This will allow the strips to fit tightly together.
Glue the strips with FDA approved glue. I use Titebond II or III. Offset the strips at a 45 degree angle and clamp tightly. Figure #1. This is done to minimize waste.
After 24 hours remove clamps and plane both sides. Figure #1.

Figure#1: Strips after they have been glued, clamped and planed.

Cut strips (any width) at a 45 degree angle. Figure #2 At the end of the board you may be able to cut a few thinner strips to use for additional accents or for smaller projects such as trivets or pens.

Figure #2: Strips cut at a 45 degree angle.

Now for the magic. Flip every other strip to it’s opposite side. Figure #3.

Figure #3: Flip the strips. You now have your first zig.

Continue the pattern by flipping the strips
You now have a zig and a zag.

Figure #4

Make sure the joints fit tight. And start the second glue-up. (Use FDA approved glue.)
Clamp for 24 hours. Since my original strips were short I used walnut as a boarder to make the board a little longer. Figure #5

Cut off the “points” as shown in Figure #5.

Figure #5

After trimming off the points gently kiss the board on both side with the planer. This should make for a very smooth board.
Easy the edges with a round over bit and a router.
Coat with USP grade mineral oil. Allow to soak in for about 20 minutes. Recoat. Wait 20,minutes and wipe off excess.
I apply rubber feet to the bottom of my boards.
Let me know if you have any questions.

Greg

-- A famous poet once said: “There is a name hidden in the shadow of my soul, the name is wood. Sweet, ever beautiful, earth grown wood. It warms my heart and brings a tear to my eye.”



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davidtheboxmaker

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#1 posted 08-06-2008 01:03 PM

Nice set of instructions – thanks for the post.

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rikkor

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#2 posted 08-06-2008 01:52 PM

Thanks, I am going to have to try this.

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#3 posted 08-06-2008 02:03 PM

Nice tutorial, thanks for posting

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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#4 posted 08-06-2008 02:35 PM

Thanks for the instructions. I think I’ll try it.

-- Bruce from Central New York...now, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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Eric

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#5 posted 08-06-2008 02:39 PM

Wow that is a great-looking cutting board. Thanks!

-- Eric at http://adventuresinwoodworking.com

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#6 posted 08-06-2008 03:29 PM

Great instructions! Thanks!

-- I'm a wood magician... I can turn fine lumber into firewood before your very eyes! - Please visit http://www.woodworkersguide.com and sign up for my project updates!

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#7 posted 08-06-2008 06:47 PM

Thanks for the instructions, I will have a go at this for Xmas gifts!

-- Colin, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. "Every craftsman was once an amateur"

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bigguy

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#8 posted 08-06-2008 07:54 PM

I was just thinking about this, thanks!

-- Thank God for sawdust... Ron. New TX resident...

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#9 posted 08-07-2008 12:10 PM

Thanks for the post. I have been meaning to do one of these. Seems like a way to use some of the off-cuts that (that my wife refers to as clutter) that I have been unable to part with.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#10 posted 08-08-2008 12:45 AM

Thanx alot for sharing this, I really like this and will also give it a shot for Xmas…

-- Frank, Dallas,TX , http://www.allthingsrustix.com , “I have a REALLY BIG chainsaw”

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mart

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#11 posted 08-09-2008 04:20 AM

Thanks. I knew it had to be simple. I guess that doesn’t say much for me cause I couldn’t figure it out.

Mart

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ganders

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#12 posted 08-10-2008 01:46 AM

I looked at the pattern for a week. Someone had to show me too.

-- A famous poet once said: “There is a name hidden in the shadow of my soul, the name is wood. Sweet, ever beautiful, earth grown wood. It warms my heart and brings a tear to my eye.”

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#13 posted 09-03-2008 11:21 PM

thanks for the instructions. great looking board. where do you get your rubber feet? i also make cutting boards and use rubber feet, but i have been having trouble finding them in quantity at a good price.

-- jerryw-wva.

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#14 posted 11-13-2008 06:39 PM

Thanks for the clear instructions. I saw these type boards being sold at a boatshow in Madisonville LA a couple of weeks ago. But I believe I like yours better. Thanks for sharing!

-- Fred, Georgia

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#15 posted 12-07-2008 03:26 PM

Greg and everyone else, how did you make the 45 degree cut. I attached a straight edge at a 45 degree angle to the glued up board, and ran it through the tables saw. I was going to try and use my arm saw but the saw’s cutting length was not long enough. Is there better way? Thanks

-- Fred, Georgia

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