I did the cutting board thing for Christmas too. I think I made 13 or 14 in all. I did most of them wood whisperer style, then started experimenting with some different variations. The wood species are maple and walnut and maple and cherry. Both finished w salad bowl finish. I really didn’t think the maple/cherry combination was going to look good until I put the finish on it. I was pleased w how well they came out and so was everyone who got one for xmas. Now I need to make one for myself as I gave mine away too.