6 x 12 Cutting Board Template

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275 copies
John McWhirter

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John McWhirter from Inventables
Chicago, USA

General Information

A template for making cutting or serving boards. Makes a great gift when personalized with an inlay.

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Material Description Price
Gorilla Wood Glue

Gorilla Wood Glue

Gorilla Wood Glue - 4 oz


Hard Maple

Hard Maple

6" × 12" × 1/16" Hard Maple




6" × 12" × 1/2" Walnut


Wood Finishing Kit

Wood Finishing Kit

Sanding block, 16 oz bottle of food-safe wood oil and cotton application cloth


from Inventables


Check out the Easel Live video!

30 minutes

We designed inlay cutting boards live in Easel.

If you make an inlay cutting board, post it here on the forum!


Choose cutting board template

1 minute

To make a cutting board in the shape featured in the pictures above, click the “Open in Easel” button.

Here are a few other templates

Rustic Cutting Board with Handle Template

Rectangle cutting board template


Design the Inlay

5 minutes

Choose the design you would like to use.

Once you have the design you would like. Select the design and click “Apps” than click the “Inlay” app.

The Inlay App will display both the pocket and insert part of the inlay. Choose the bit diameter you would like to use. The tolerance controls how tight the inlay will fit. Too tight, and it will be very hard to fit in, and too loose will show gaps between the insert and the pocket. We like to use a tolerance of .002".

Import the design.


Create cut files

5 minutes

When you import the design you will the original design, and the pocket and insert. You will want to delete or hide (turn to white) the original design and only use the imported pocket and insert.

Create a copy of this project by selecting “File” → “make a copy”

Make one file for the pocket and cut out of the thick piece of wood. And make the second file for the thin insert. Make sure the enter the correct material dimensions.


Cut and assemble!

20 minutes

Cut out the files. Sand the insert and pocket lightly to get rid of any burs on the edges. Test to make sure the inlay will fit, if the fit is very tight, do not insert all the way before glueing!

Put some wood glue in the pockets and place the inserts in the pockets. I found it easiest to put a piece of clear plastic on the top of the insert and use my body weight to press the insert into place.

When the insert is as flush as possible, wait for the glue to dry.

Once the glue is dry, Sand the board to your liking and use the Mineral oil to give the board a shiny and finished look.

The mineral oil will keep the wood from cracking over time and is food safe :D

Rustin Webster
I just got my Carvey this week and my wife will love one of these for Christmas. Looking forward to the show.
Rustin Webster
Charlie Tighe
What bits would you recommend for cutting out your material?
Charlie Tighe
Jonas Rullo
Here's one I made with the HDPE type cutting board. https://www.inventables.com/projects/hdpe-inlay-hello-kitty-cutting-board If you're not sure of the depth on pieces, turn the glued up board, inlay side down, and then step on it from the back.
Jonas Rullo
Lorenzo Cruz
I want that one
Lorenzo Cruz
Rich Davenport
So if I went from a tolerance of .02 to .03 would it be tighter fitting or looser?
Rich Davenport