How to Make a Chopping Board

For this, you will need:

  • Wood*: 8” (203mm) x 14” (356mm) x 3/4“ (19mm)
  • Coping Saw (or a Chisel, Chisel Hammer and Saw)
  • 4-in-hand Rasp
  • Plane
  • Pencil
  • Workmate® or workbench (Can also use clamps on a table)

*You can use a wide variety of woods, avoid exotic woods because they can be toxic and can also give off a flavour when cooking. Also avoid woods that are very porous (such as oak), which can absorb foods and juices and can be difficult to clean.

Here are some suggested woods that work well:

  • Sycamore
  • Beech
  • Maple
  • Ash
  • Elm
  • Poplar
  • Cherry

To read more about Choosing woods, see our guide.

Note: If you have a workbench and vise, this is the easiest way to work. However, in this course Paul is showing how you can use a Workmate® (other similar products will work well too).

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