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Puzzle Piece Expandable Cutting Boards and Serving Trays

A set of puzzle piece shaped cutting boards that combine together to form one large cutting board, or seperated can be used individually as serving trays with built in wine glass holders.jpg
A set of puzzle piece shaped cutting boards that combine together to form one large cutting board, or seperated can be used individually as serving trays with built in wine glass holdersFor a relatively new woodworker, there aren’t many projects that come out better than you expect. You typically  have a vision, and your final project is close, but never perfect.  This is NOT one of those projects.  I am just so excited with how this set of cutting boards came out, I’m just pleased as punch with it!

It is a set of puzzle shaped mini-cutting boards (I used maple) that assemble together to form one large cutting board:
Puzzle piece cutting and serving boardBut the fun part is that any individual mini-cutting board can be used as a serving tray, and the notch in the puzzle piece shape can be used to hold a wine glass!  ISN’T THAT GENIUS!?
Puzzle cutting board with wine holder

It is also great if storage space is a problem, since you can take the pieces apart and stack them and  they store with a tiny footprint. But if you need a large cutting board you could attach them end to end and have a long oversized serving board on a buffet or down the center of a table.
Puzzle cutting board assemble into larger oneThe beauty of this project is in it’s simplicity.. and it is great starter project for new scroll saw and router owners!  Since those are the only tools you need (a sander may help too!)
Puzzle board cutting board serving tray
And there is little waste lumber, since the finished outside edges are the edges of your board.  (Which is great when you have to buy your wood by the linear foot.) Notch in cutting board to hold wine glass
I can’t wait to share just exactly how easy this was to make! Mini cutting boards into large one

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Tutorial:

I first made a paper template of the male end of a puzzle piece and made a mock up out of cardboard to be sure the wine glass stem would fit without falling out or being too loose.

I traced the paper template onto the board repeating every 10 inches (making sure to start and end the board with the puzzle shape.
Cutting maple into puzzle piece cutting boardsI cut the pieces out with the scroll saw making sure to stay as tight to the line as possible (If you are off then your pieces won’t be interchangeable.. they will only fit into their original partner. Board cut into giant puzzle piecesI used a router along the entire perimeter of the top to give it a rounded finished edge, and I sanded all the surfaces. Cutting boards that fit together
I sealed the boards with FOOD GRADE mineral oil, although you could use any food safe finish. (I liked the natural wood color since I had paid so much for the nice clear maple!) Wine glass holder in wooden cutting board
This would be such a fun hostess gift and it is a great way to hone your precision cutting skills.  The entire project (4 mini boards) only cost me about $15 and tool less than an afternoon!

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