I set off on a new venture in woodworking a few months ago. A friend of mine from church has a wood shop in his basement… in New York City! It’s a pretty sweet setup. I was seeking more creativity and opportunities to work with my hands, I had taken a sculpture course in college and knew the basics around a wood shop. This was my opportunity to hone those skills. I decided to take on something basic as my first project: a cutting board. But being from Texas I have an uncontrollable desire to slap the shape of Texas on everything, so instead of a boring old square cutting board… Bam! Texas cutting board!
I used alternating maple, walnut and cherry wood to assemble the cutting board. It’s a pretty simple process. First step is to cut strips of wood with the table saw, glue them together with the end grain side of the wood strips(end grain is best for cutting boards because it absorbed the cut of the knife better).
Once the glue dried, I used a belt sander to get a smooth,
flat surface and then a jigsaw to cut out the shape of Texas. From there I rounded the sides using a router and then sanded the whole things one last time. I coated it with food safe finish and drilled a hole in the top for a leather strap to hang it. and Wallah!