This is an interesting little project which resulted from a request by a local cook shop for some chunky chopping boards that were 'a little different'.
Unfortunately, I didn´t know what you could do to make a chopping board different, apart from altering the shape and playing about with different coloured laminations, so some serious thinking was called for.
Although not strictly necessary the best chopping boards are always laminated up using end grain blocks which are theoretically harder and more resistant to wear. This may be true, but it does make the project a bit more complicated and some accurate working is essential.
For a nice contrast I settled on using Iroko for the chopping block itself and maple for the rest of the box. Any hardwood will do but Iroko is one of those timbers that is relatively moisture resistant and also quite stable, so the laminated blocks should remain smooth.