I was asked by several newbies if I would take some time to do a blog on building cutting boards that will cover the basics that may not get covered in the blogs/forums that detail how to do the real fancy boards that we all aspire to. So I’m going to try my best to hit the simple things that a novice trying to learn on their own may not think about or not realize until after they’ve made the mistake. It’s been a very long time since I’ve taken on a task like this – so please feel free to hel...
A quick and simple cutting board 20” x 5” made from maple and walnut. Click here to see my short video Thank youPaul
I wrote about making end grain cutting boards in these two posts on the Craftsy woodworking blog: http://www.craftsy.com/blog/2015/02/how-to-make-an-end-grain-cutting-board/ http://www.craftsy.com/blog/2015/03/maple-end-grain-cutting-board/
We had a slight break in the cold weather in my neck of the woods, so I ducked outdoors to do a bit of sanding of the cutting boards my wife asked me to make as Christmas presents for several of her family members. The router bit I used for my router sled left a bit of a mangled surface on the 3 end-grain cutting boards, so armed with a brand new Ridgid belt sander, I got to work with some cautious sanding. I can’t say I’m too experienced with a belt sander, so I am rather pro...
Finished up the cutting board today. This old japanese plane has a wide mouth, so it works great for removing the glue squeeze-out stalactites. Used the low angle jack plane for leveling the pieces and flattening the board. This took quite a while, but worked great. Chamfering the edges prevented any blow-out of the end grain. I used a 1/8” roundover on the edges, then routed some handles in the sides with a 5/8” box core bit. After some careful stop block placement ...
I need a bigger cutting board for my kitchen, so I decided to put my shop to work. The original sketchup model. I used logarithmic tapering widths for a bit of an illusion. Bought some soft maple and african mahogany off craigslist for cheap. Maybe not the most ideal woods for a board, but they should work fine for my home kitchen use. I crosscut the boards first to get them to workable size. After jointing, resawing, and planing the boards to square, I carefully ripped them into var...
When some friends from church learned I was a wood worker they brought me a box of samples they had left over from building their house. These were squares of finished wood, about 5 to 6 inches a side and around 3/8 inch thick. Some were stained, some painted; some were milled, some flat. There was alder, oak, birch, mahogany, walnut, hickory, cherry. “We were sure you could find something to do with them,” they said. It was an interesting pile. But what o do with it? I mad...
Today is going to be a very busy, but fun day! I worked yesterday on my new project and got much of the base things done on it and today is the “fun” part of letting my brushes fly and make it into something special. I hope to have things close to being ‘finished’ by the end of the day – at least to a certain point. Our ‘work day’ was cut a bit short yesterday because we went to Keith’s moms for an incredible lobster dinner. Keith’s s...
I hope you all understand that I am not complaining about the pain associated with my liver cancer. The things I write are to ENCOURAGE OTHERS WITH DISABILITIES of all kinds. Let me share what happened this morning. In Part 9, I wrote about my experience with my first glue up and first end grain cutting board. I joked that maybe I’d just sit in my man cave all night and watch the glue dry. Well, I almost did. I went to bed about 9:00 PM. The chemo is making me need a lot of rest, ...
Well, my chemo is starting to kick me in places I didn’t know I had. I went two days without making any saw dust and that was worse than the side effects of the drugs. Yesterday I couldn’t stand it any longer so I went out to my cave and used my router table for the first time. I made a coat rack for inside the back door where coats usually end up on the sofa. It seemed like a good excuse to do some woodworking to me, even if my wife was yelling at me for not being in bed. It didn...
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