Walnut Cutting Board With Epoxy Resin

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In this tutorial I will teach you how to produce Walnut epoxy resin cutting boards that you can make as a gift for any special occasion or Holiday, or keep them for yourself and enjoy the beauty for practical use or decor. This project is Beginner/Intermediate level in skill. You don't need all the fancy tools to create these cutting boards. I will mention what alternatives work just as great to get the project done. Enjoy!

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walnut cutting board with epoxy resin

Cut out a 17 inch piece of Walnut, or any size that you prefer, leave at least 1-2 inches extra so that you can trim up after the epoxy as hardened.

walnut cutting board with epoxy resin

Cut the Walnut in half if you have a large width piece. Mine was around 12 inches, so I decided to cut it down to around 6 inches. The width is personal preference.

walnut cutting board with epoxy resin

As you can see I am using 8 quarter Walnut (2 inches thick) and I need to cut it in half. If you don't have a bandsaw, purchase a 1 inch or 3/4 inch thick piece for your cutting board. Out of my 17x12x2 Walnut I am able to slice it all down to 17x6x1 so that I have 4 pieces for 2 cutting boards.

walnut cutting board with epoxy resin

Take the two pieces of Walnut and put them side by side, draw some squiggly lines in whichever pattern you'd like. This doesn't have to be precise as you want it to appear like a flowing river. For this part if you do not have a bandsaw, I recommend a scroll saw or jigsaw. A handsaw or coping saw might also work.

walnut cutting board with epoxy resin

I used my biscuit joiner to cut these notches on the inside so that the epoxy has more to bond with. I recommend doing this. If you do not have a biscuit joiner, use a small hand chisel and carve out some slots. Be careful not to pull the chisel towards you.

walnut cutting board with epoxy resin

Put down a piece of Aluminum tape and press down to make the Walnut stick. Use a ruler to measure the width and make sure it is where you'd like it to be. My board ended up around 15 inches wide total. The more width the more epoxy you will need. I used about 12-14 ounces of epoxy per board.

walnut cutting board with epoxy resin

Be careful when picking up the board and be sure to press down on the edges to secure the bottom, add extra pieces of tape so that you won't have any leaks. I prefer to double up on the edges as I have had blow out before and its quite the mess to clean.

walnut cutting board with epoxy resin

Mix up 12-15 ounces of epoxy for your board. The two cups in the picture are for two cutting boards. Pull out your pigments and begin mixing them with the epoxy. I used Three types of blue for one, Blue/Green, Cobalt Blue and Caribbean Blue. For the other board I used Liberty Copper, Mahogany and Vivid Orange. Be sure to mix for at least 5 minutes to ensure the epoxy is well stirred.

walnut cutting board with epoxy resin

Pour away and enjoy the day! Should I trademark that? Stir it up and make some cool swirls in the epoxy. It does tend to revert back, so I like to revisit the epoxy every 20-30 minutes to ensure it stays swirled.

walnut cutting board with epoxy resin

You can use a torch or heat gun to pull the bubbles out of the epoxy. Don't get too close, light passes are all you need.

walnut cutting board with epoxy resin

Come back the next day and peel the tape off.

walnut cutting board with epoxy resin

Trim up the edges and sand away! If you have a planer, plane it down to save time. You will get low spots if your tape bends and it will take awhile to get rid of. Using a hand plane will work also.

walnut cutting board with epoxy resin

I prefer to buff it out after sanding but its not needed. I wasn't a fan of the wax I used for this project, so I would say try a mineral oil instead.

walnut cutting board with epoxy resin

And there you have it! The finished project. What a gorgeous gift for anyone looking to add beauty to their lifestyle. Thank for you reading and enjoy!

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  • Margaret Hampton Nelson
    on Apr 22, 2019

    What works best to kept Raccoon from eating your CORN?

  • Mary
    on Apr 28, 2019

    How does the epoxy hold up to the cutting. I know the wood will get scored, and can be sanded, but what happens to the epoxy?

  • Mary Lou

    Do you sell them? Beautiful cutting board. 👍

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  • Wendy
    on Apr 19, 2019

    Absolutely gorgeous...and the cutting boards are too....lol

    Seriously, They are beautiful. Keep up the good work kiddo

  • Kathy Langford
    30 minutes ago

    I love the look of these cutting boards and I'm going to ask my son to make me one for Christmas it would make a beautiful and thoughtful gift.

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