I enjoy the look of contrasting hardwoods and recently I’ve discovered the beauty of inlays in cutting boards. This designed was inspired by some geometric designs I saw recently on the web. I have quite of bit of thin exotic hardwood planks and I thought it would be a great look to combine some of them on a walnut backdrop.

First, I laid out the design using Easel, a web-based CAD/CAM tool that interfaces nicely with my CNC router.


I initially made a few errors with positioning, but overall it was a fairly easy process once things were calibrated.


Fitting and gluing took a long longer than than I expected, but after about an hour everything was ready to set overnight.


The next morning the board went right into the planer, which flattened everything out nicely. After a bit of trimming and routing a chamfer on all edges, it was ready for the finish.


The finish is a blend of boiled linseed oil, polyurethane and mineral spirits at 1 part each. ┬áIt’s an easy wipe-on, wipe-off application:


I’m very happy with the final product!