Cutting Boards & Spatula: Episode 1

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Not all learning projects are good to learn on. This little series relies on a few different techniques that will come in handy as you grow in your craft. In the end, you own or gift a nice set of kitchen cutting boards and a spatula.


  1. Rick Hissen7 on 29 January 2021 at 10:52 am

    Nice to see these items made with hand tools

  2. Anirban Majumder on 29 January 2021 at 12:29 pm

    What length is that tiny cutting board? By the way they all look beautiful. Will probably make a few with my kids. Thanks Paul.

  3. Daniel Beals on 29 January 2021 at 2:29 pm

    could I use walnut for this project?

    • Izzy Berger on 3 March 2021 at 4:11 pm

      Hi Daniel,

      Paul says:
      Walnut is fine if you have some but it is not the best wood to choose. That said I think it will look nice and will likely last for many years.


  4. Robert Reinsel on 29 January 2021 at 4:30 pm

    Just curious about what kind of oil Paul uses for the finish.

    • Izzy Berger on 3 March 2021 at 4:12 pm

      Hi Robert,

      Paul says: Any vegetable oil will work fine. The wood needs no nourishing at all and none of the so-called nourishing oils do any more than simple olive oil or similar.


  5. Dorothy Jones on 29 January 2021 at 4:32 pm

    I have some chunks of cherry cut from a friend’s tree. They are about 2 inches or a bit less thick cut with a chain saw 2 years ago. how would you prep those? I have been learning to use the planes flattening one of them for use as a thick chopping board but if I want it thinner what would you suggest I do? I have one with a crack down the middle where the pith is, so I want to cut that out and that leaves me with 2 nice small chunks of cherry about 13 inches by 7 inches and 2 inches thick very rough cut surface cut. Thanks. love your instagram tips….

    • Izzy Berger on 3 March 2021 at 4:13 pm

      Hi Dorothy,

      Paul says:
      Two years is the minimum amount of time for drying but cutting boards do not need to be dried down to the same levels as furniture so it will most likely be ready to use now.
      The pithy section, i.e. the centre of the tree, should not be used as this area is likely to cause problems associated with instability. You can saw cut the 2” into 1” also to end up with two sections say ¾” to ⅞” thick.


  6. jurgen01 on 29 January 2021 at 5:25 pm

    A very nice project and an even better gift. Thanks!

  7. Koots on 29 January 2021 at 6:42 pm

    Yes, walnut works very well for chopping boards.

  8. Ron Beek van on 29 January 2021 at 7:48 pm

    @Robert, in the last couple of minuten of this video Paul tells that he is using sunflower oil…

  9. Matthew Moody on 30 January 2021 at 1:36 am

    Use mineral oil on these projects, not vegetable oils as they will go rancid and then become a health problem.

  10. Fredrick Russo on 30 January 2021 at 2:54 am

    Also walnut oil is a nice finish that reportedly will not go rancid. You can get it through Woodcraft, among others probably. I enjoy using it. Also a combo of beeswax and mineral oil (~1:4 ratio); you have to heat the oil gently to dissolve the wax. Makes a nice paste if you get the portion right. Since it is a bit of trouble, I have defaulted to Clapham’s Salad Bowl finish or the Walnut oil.

    • Peter Bernhardt on 17 April 2022 at 2:42 pm

      What a nice little project, and great for kids.

      I use walnut oil, flaxseed oil (foodsafe linseed oil) or tung oil. These are hardening oils, meaning they polymerize into the wood and provide a more durable and attractive surface finish. Most importantly, is that these will not go rancid or wash off, and can be refreshed easily.

      I wouldn’t use any other type of oil.

  11. Colin Scowen on 30 January 2021 at 8:41 am

    Dorothy, hand planes will be fine for this. Also, don’t be afraid to sometimes leave the chainsaw marks in. I made some tealight holders a couple of years ago from some similarly hewn bits. One piece had some very deep saw marks. I planed a lot of the billet clean, and the saw marks that were left became a feature, an added texture if you like, that a lot of people commented on as interesting. (I personally was reminded of Superman’s fortress of solitude, but that was just me 🙂 ) You could use that on the uprights for example, then your set will be truly and completely unique.

  12. scottk on 30 January 2021 at 11:29 am

    I’ve got a few nice pieces of Red Elm, anyone know if that would be any good for this project?

    • Izzy Berger on 18 March 2021 at 2:45 pm

      Hi Scott,

      Paul says:
      If you have the wood you have nothing to lose. I would just go for it. Make one, use it for a month and see if there is indeed any degrade.


  13. TONY BAILEY on 1 February 2021 at 10:18 am

    Thank you for sharing with us Paul.

  14. Colin Ashby on 1 February 2021 at 4:05 pm

    Agree with you Matthew, use mineral oil as it is food safe and will not go rancid. It is also known as cutting board oil, the only difference being that mineral oil is cheaper.

  15. moshe zarka on 2 February 2021 at 11:18 am

    thanks for this
    is he using Shinto Saw Rasp ? which model?

  16. Will Leigh on 2 February 2021 at 7:35 pm

    I’m fairly confident you’ll be a long long time in the cold cold earth before that veg oil goes rancid… also you’ll be cleaning the boards and re-oiling as you go. So, in my decidedly amateur opinion, just use any old neutral flavourless cooking oil.

  17. Elad Uzan on 9 February 2021 at 3:08 pm

    Hello all,
    Can someone tell if Beechwood is suitable for use as a cutting board?

  18. Sven-Olof Jansson on 9 February 2021 at 6:50 pm

    Hej Elan,

    Based on extensive experience, beech is the ideal wood for a cutting board.

  19. Elad Uzan on 10 February 2021 at 1:58 pm

    Thank you Sven

  20. David R. on 12 February 2021 at 12:02 pm

    I would suggest using curing vegetable oils like linseed oil or walnut oil (though there just may or may not be allergy considerations), but hemp, soy, sunflower, grape seed, sesame and thistle oils should also work. They don’t go rancid as they polymerize over time.

    Mineral oil will stay liquid and wash out more quickly, I think. All oils need to be reapplied to provide continuous protection.

  21. Sandy on 13 February 2021 at 5:41 pm

    I’ve always heard that the safest woods to use for kitchen utensils is fruit woods. And then any food grade oils like Grape seed oil.

  22. Iain Gordon on 19 February 2021 at 10:44 pm

    What length is the body of the handled cutting board?

  23. Mark A Greene on 20 February 2021 at 3:58 am

    How thick is the wood for the spatula?

  24. Parker White on 19 November 2021 at 9:13 pm

    Hi Mr. Paul,
    I completely agree with you, mesquite is my favorite wood too. I use it for about all of my projects. I was just wondering if you have ever worked with green mesquite?
    Thanks for the awesome mesquite video,

  25. Fernando Munoz on 21 November 2021 at 3:44 am

    Has anyone catch the length measurements for all of the pieces, except for the larger board? I’m that kind of person that needs precise measurements. Sorry and sorry to bother.

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