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 on an auxiliary fence, I routed a juice groove on one face of the board (to keep meat juices from flowing over to the vegetable side). I used a 1/2” box core bit.
Close-up of the grooves.
After many hours of sanding, I finally applied the first coat of mineral oil. I’ll let this absorb, then another coat, then finish with a wax+mineral oil mix.
-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)