How to Make Cutting Boards From Cherry Wood


Wood cutting boards are a great tool in the kitchen. According to, wood is the best cutting surface to keep your knives sharp. With proper care, a wood cutting board can last more than a decade. Cutting boards can be made of a solid piece of wood, such as cherry, or created by fusing two woods together to create a design.

Step 1

Set your cherry wood board on the table saw's table and measure out the exact size you desire. Mark the measurements with a carpenters pencil.

Step 2

Put on your safety glasses, gloves and mask and cut the board to your specifications.

Step 3

Trade out the saw with an edge router and round the edges of the cutting board.

Step 4

Sand down the top and sides with a power sander and a 220-grit sanding disc until it is smooth to the touch. Always sand with the wood's grain to avoid creating splinters.

Step 5

Flood the cutting board with mineral oil and let it sit for 15 minutes. Rub off any excess oil after the 15 minutes. Repeat this process after 24 hours.

Step 6

Place a pot on the range top and set the heat to low. Pour 2/3 cup of mineral oil into the pot and add 1/3 cup of beeswax. Remove from the heat once the wax melts and apply the wax and oil mixture to the board. Leave this to sit overnight and re-apply again.

Step 7

Buff off the remaining wax/oil mixture with a cotton cloth, and your board is ready to use.

Things You'll Need

  • 2- by 2-foot cherry wood board
  • Table saw
  • Carpenters pencil
  • Edge router
  • Safety glasses
  • Gloves
  • Mask
  • Power sander
  • 220-grit sanding disc
  • Food-grade mineral oil
  • Cotton cloths
  • Cooking pot
  • Range top
  • Beeswax
  • Paper towel


  • "Woodworking Basics: Mastering the Essentials of Craftsmanship"; Peter Korn; 2003
  • Sharpening Supplies: Selecting a Cutting Board
  • The Wood Whisperer: A Cut Above Part 2
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