A Cut-Above Cutting Board

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Form and function unite in a project that’s all about good taste.

Designer/Builder: Gary Carter

The breadboard-end construction featured here is a time-honored way of keeping panels flat while allowing the wood to shrink or expand across the grain. Mastering this skill empowers you to easily scale up to other projects, such as blanket box lids and tabletops. Our instructions take all the mystery out of this valuable technique, and we’ve even included helpful tips to ensure your success.

Beyond that, the combination of a maple cutting surface or top, lacewood ends, and wenge pegs and legs is a real attention-grabber. The barely-visible legs seem to levitate the board above your table—perfectly appropriate for a light snack. In addition, the legs make it easy to pick up the board for easy handling. The board also features a concealed rare-earth magnet that safely stows a basic cutting knife as shown in Figure 1.

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