DIY Wood Cutting Board (No Planer)

how to make cutting board without a planer

One project I’ve had on my bucket list for the longest time has been a DIY wood cutting board. But, I’ve been wanting to build it in a way that is approachable to most people with a few power tools. So, along with the help of my incredible friends at DAP Products, I created not one, but TWO cutting boards with three power tools and no planer!

How To Make A Wood Cutting Board Without A Planer

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One of the things I hear the most from you guys is how much you love projects that are relatable. And, although my shop and my equipment have grown this year, I still want to make my projects accessible!

diy cutting board

That being said, I’m on a mission to share many projects this year that require three power tools or less. So, let’s start with our first one – DIY Wood Cutting Boards!

What You’ll Need:

how to make a cutting board

Table Saw
Miter Saw
Wood Clamps
DAP Weldwood Glue

Hardwoods (I used Maple, Padauk, & Walnut)
Assorted Sanding Discs/Sandpaper
Cutting Board Oil

The Steps:

1. First step was to choose the lumber for my cutting board(s). When making cutting boards, it’s important to choose dense, hardwoods. For my boards, I chose maple, padauk, and walnut.

how to make a cutting board

2. Next, I used my table saw to rip my pieces into similar widths. It was important for me to have a straight edge on both sides of the pieces I was working with. So, I trimmed a slight bit off of one side and then flipped the piece over and cut it to my final width.

how to square wood on a table saw

3. After cutting the boards to width, I trimmed them down with my miter saw. I didn’t have to make them my final length just yet, but wanted them to be close.

how to trim wood on a miter saw

4.  After trimming everything down to size, I ran a dry fit of my boards and used a sander to smooth out any bumps leftover from the table saw.

how to square boards without a planer

5. Next, I placed my boards on top of my parallel clamps and added an ample amount of DAP Weldwood Glue to the edges of my boards.

how to attach boards with glue

6. I then used a glue spreader to evenly distribute the glue on the boards. This stuff held up so well!

how to attach wood panels

7. After adding the glue, I clamped together the boards and allowed them to dry for a full day.

how to clamp wood

8. After the boards were dry, I removed them from the clamps and began the sanding process. I started sanding with 80 grit sandpaper until one side was flat.

how to sand walnut

9. I then took the cutting boards to the miter saw and trimmed them to size.

trimming cutting boards

10. Once the boards were trimmed, I brought them back to the sander and sanded them to 220 grit.

11. After I was finished sanding, I wet down my boards to raise the grain (this is an important step because it prevents the board from getting rough after the first wash).

how to raise grain on cutting board

12. Once the boards dried, I sanded them back down to 220 grit and then finished them with cutting board oil!

That’s it!

I was so shocked that I was able to create this board with just three tools! Like I said, cool DIY projects don’t have to be overcomplicated!

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Can’t wait to try more projects with three tools or less and share them with you all! If you’re interested in that, make sure to subscribe to my Three Tool Projects playlist on YouTube!

Until next time… Happy DIY’ing!

This post is sponsored by DAP Products, Inc. All tastes in art work and product opinions are my own. For my full disclosure policy, click here.

Sam Raimondi

Sam is a full time psychologist and part time content creator from Long Island, New York.




  • Autumn

    What kind of clamps did you use? I am new to woodworking and want to make sure I buy the right thing. Thank you!

  • Dann

    What was the brand/size of the sander; looks like from HD. Excellent video for the individual short of expensive tools.

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