Projects #4: How to Make a Cutting board

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Blog entry by JohnAjluni posted 03-29-2011 08:42 AM 4448 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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#1 posted 03-29-2011 03:09 PM

Nice looking board. Keep at it.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#2 posted 03-29-2011 08:32 PM

Nice job. Your video work was pretty good and your construction techniques weren’t too bad. The final board looks pretty good as well. I do have a few words of warning however. As discussed on Lumberjocks before, vegetable oils, like olive oil, will eventually go rancid. It’s better to use mineral oil as a finish. It is also completely food safe and is probably even cheaper than olive oil. I got a 32 oz. bottle for like $5.

Also, even though the colors of your board look nice, I would be a little concerned about the wood choices you used. Pine is pretty soft and may not hold up too well if this board gets a lot of use. And oak is hard, but as you noticed it has very large open pores which aren’t so good in a cutting board because they give bacteria places to grow. Woods like maple, cherry, walnut, ash, purpleheart etc. are good for cutting boards but they are a little more expensive.

I hope this doesn’t put a damper on the fact that you did make a nice looking board and I like the idea for the feet. Keep it up and feel free to ask questions here as there are some very knowledgeable woodworkers here who we can benefit from. I just started woodworking about a year and a half ago, but this place has given me ten times as much knowledge as I could have learned on my own. I’ll look forward to seeing your next video. Thanks for sharing.

-- Matt -

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#3 posted 03-31-2011 12:05 AM

Like BB said, the pine is soft and oak is hard and has large pores. One other suggestion I’d like to make to you that will make your cutting boards last longer is to turn them on there side so the end grain ends up as the cutting surface. As you know end grain is harder to cut than the long grain. It will also take much more sanding to get it smooth. However, you’ll end up with a cutting board that will last longer before you have to refinish it, and it will soak up much more mineral oil, but the results will be worth it. If you get a chance take a look at some of Patron’s or Degoose’s boards. This is just a suggestion, I like the board you made, I’m just offering an alternative. Best Regards and welcome to LJ’s, mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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