My first ever cutting board was a success, and my mom loved it. I made it for my brother, so I decided to make her one for Mother’s Day. I went to the wood store with the intent of getting a few maple and black walnut boards, and going through the typical process of ripping them down into stripes, gluing, crosscutting, and then regluing.
However, when I got there, there was a big stack of wood marked “Kindling – $4”. Inside those bundles was mostly poplar (not super exciting), but 2 of the bundles had lots of black walnut and maple mixed in. Although I had never done it before, the sticks looked big enough to rip into square strips and use that to build the full board. Although I was only about 50% sure it would work … for $8, why not give it a shot!
It worked great! The sticks were mostly square, and generally only required a cut on one side. Planing the glued up boards flat was a bit of a challenge since I only own a small hand electric planer, but we got through it. I’m really happy with the results!