Angled cutting board is designed as a collaboration with Vancouver Special, a local retail store that believes a good design is accessible, affordable, high quality and is able to bring pleasure to daily life. The goal of the cutting board is to make the cutting process more manageable and efficient. The concept of the board is to have two sides for cutting, a flat side for vegetables and a slanted side for cutting meat. Thus, the user will never mix up which side for which products. The angle on the board will also directly guide the ingredients into the pot after cutting and helps to collect juices while cutting meat on the slanted side. The design can also be used as a serving tray which serves the food directly after cutting.


Material: Solid Beech Wood

Dimensions: 11” x 17”

Thickness: 3/4"

Angle Height: 1.5"

Angle Joint: Biscuit Miter Joint

Finishing: Mineral Oil

   Concept Development   

At first, we were trying to create a board that will transform into two positions, flat board for cutting and angled board for guiding the ingredients. Then, we decided to fix the angle on the cutting board, because of hygiene reason.

     Manufacture Process     

* A collaboration between Sylvia Lan, Jenny Yeh, Amy Jiang and Erick Ortiz


* Small batch production selling in Vancouver Special for $60 CAD each

We experiment with different angles for the cutting board, trying to find the right angle and height for cutting on the slanted side as well as for guiding the ingredients into the container. Also experiment with different sizes of the board.

We added a groove on the slanted cutting surface, expecting it to collect the juices while cutting meat and another groove at the bottom for picking up the board easily.


However, at the end, we decided to eliminate the groove on the slanted cutting surface, because we figured that the liquid can be flowing directly to the sink or plate while cutting and we substituted the groove for grabbing with a simple angle - the same angle as the joint.

We inserted two biscuits for the miter joint of the angle to reinforce the strength of the joint.

We also developed two jigs for the cutting board to make the manufacture process more efficient, one for lamination and another for cutting the biscuit slots and gluing the angle joint.