In this Build It, Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva and host Kevin O’Connor build a cutting board out of walnut, cherry, and maple to create a 3D cube design effect.
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Tom Silva and Kevin O’Connor work together on a shop project with a bit of a 3D illusion. With walnut, cherry, and maple hardwood in hand, the two create a unique end-grain cutting board that is less likely to scratch than other cutting board styles.
Time: 4 hours
Cost: Free and up
Skill Level: Moderate
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Tom built the cutting board out of pieces of maple, cherry, and mahogany. He chose them because he already had the leftover pieces in his garage and because their variety of shades lend themselves nicely to the 3D cube effect.
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