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- Hey guys, I'm Aleksandra Zee. I'm a woodworker by trade and this is my show, Tools Tools Tools, where I make home improvement easy through step-by-step tutorials. Welcome to my workshop. Today we're gonna make a cutting board. They're great for kitchen prep, for entertaining, and they're super fun to make. The two tools that we're gonna use today are the sander and the jigsaw. This is a random orbital sander and its actually not random but it does move in random directions when it's on, it doesn't just move in a circular motion. So the best part about a sander is that it beats the heck out of hand sanding and it cuts your project time in half. Always make sure that your sander is off because if you go to plug it in and it's on it'll run away from you. Next we have the speed dial. What that does is control how fast the sander is orbiting. I usually keep mine at about a six. On the bottom of your sander is where the sandpaper goes and this is called the sanding disc. Underneath is the sanding pad and it sticks right on. Did a bad job sticking it on. Make sure you put it on just right or you might destroy your sandpaper. All right Jack, you wanna talk about sandpaper? So a good rule of thumb is the higher the number the finer the grit and the lower the number the coarser the grit. We've got 60 grit which is pretty coarse and will really take down the surface that you're working with. And the 220 is really smooth and is gonna complete your project and make your piece of wood nice and soft. You like it? Cool. Make sure you keep all of your fingers and any exposed skin away from the rotating sander because that hurts and it's happened too many times. Something that you should always have while operating a sander: a dust mask. All right, now let's get started. So for the cutting board that we're gonna make today. We've got a piece of maple which is a hardwood. If you're gonna make a cutting board, definitely hardwood is the way to go. So what I've got here is two saw horses and two clamps. It's super important to make sure your wood is clamped down before you cut anything. So we're gonna draw the handle. Loosely sketch the design that you want, you can choose whatever shape you'd like and it does not need to be perfect. That looks pretty good to me. So the next tool that we're going to use is a jigsaw. It may look a bit scary but it's really not. It's actually one of the easier saws to use. So what you have here is a tiny saw blade that moves up and down pretty rapidly in order to cut through the wood. When starting the machine make sure that you are completely level and that your blade is away from the wood before you get it started. The most important safety tip? Always wear safety glasses. Put them on before you start and make sure that you keep them on because if wood goes flying you don't want any of that near your eyes. I always wear glasses to see so I'm gonna use these as my safety glasses. Not bad. So next up on our cutting board we're gonna drill a hole into the handle. All that's left to do is sand and clean her up. We are going to start with the 60 grit sandpaper. So the one that's really gonna take down any rough edges. So we've got our board nice and smooth and it's time to transition into the 220 sandpaper which is gonna make it even softer. Now it's time to condition the wood. You're going to make sure that you use a food grade wood conditioner. If you want, you can make your own out of essential oils. Use coconut oil, that works great. Take your time and really get it in so the wood grain soaks it up. Once you've got it fully covered you're going to want to let it sit for about five minutes and then flip it over and do the other side. Repeat that process two or three times. All right, it's time for the last step. We're gonna tie some leather through the hole that we made on the handle. A gigantic cutting board. Now all we need is a party.