3D Basket Weave Cutting Board – Maple, Walnut & Purpleheart
3D cutting boards are quite the rage in the woodworking arena these days. If you’ve never seen some of these you’re really missing out. Once you see them you too will want to jump on the bandwagon and make your own. As far as cutting boards go the “basket weave” design is one of the more challenging ones requiring lots of patience and skill.
In this article I want to share my design with you along with some tips for making this type of cutting board. In this particular case I’ve made this with face grain to help with the 3D illusion. You could make this with an end grain design to make it more durable but the 3D illusion would be drastically reduced with the lack of a consistent grain running along the length of the board.
Basket Weave Cutting Board Design
This certainly isn’t a unique concept or design on my part. If you go online you can find hundreds if not thousands of similar designs for “3D” cutting boards. The “basket weave” cutting board design is really fun and also a bit challenging which is nice for woodworkers looking to step up their game a bit compared to some of the basic end grain boards.
Above is the design that I used for my cutting board. You can make them any size you’d like but there are a few things to keep in mind. As you can see from the dimensions, it’s really important to keep everything in a modular size format or you’ll likely go a bit crazy keeping track of the sizes of the pieces as you build it. For example, each row is 1-1/2″ total width. So the dark pieces of 1-1/2″ wide, and the lighter pieces are also 1-1/2″ wide AFTER the dark side strips are attached. Otherwise the pattern won’t really look like what I’ve shown here.
For this board I chose to make it a bit thinner than some of the end grain boards I’ve made. I did this to cut down on weight and also to save on material. My finished board is about 3/4″ thick which I really like.
For my design I used Purpleheart for the dark squares, Maple for the light squares and Walnut for the edging along the maple strips. The key is choosing a good contrast in colors that will help highlight the design.