A journey into the workshop. #27: Christmas presents continued...

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 12-03-2009 03:37 AM 1130 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 26: Working on anniversary and Christmas presents... Part 27 of A journey into the workshop. series Part 28: A mantle clock underway in the shop. »

More to the point, the cutting board…

Now mind you, I KNOW that a cutting board is probably NOT the thing you want to get or make for just any wife, but my wife likes to cook, and LOVES high end kitchen goodies. Pampered Chef is like crack to her… Completely addictive… Sort of like Lumberjocks I guess…

Anyway I digress. I made more progress on the board today, and it is really starting to take shape.

I fished through my roundover bits, and my routers, found the right ones, and changed my mind just prior to cutting the bottom roundover… The 1/4” roundover is simply, well… not enough. So I opted for 3/8” on the bottom, and 1/2” on the top. The results are actually quite nice. I did make the mistake of going a little too slowly as I rounded the corners, and ended up with some minor burn, but the next step, sanding immediately followed…

I am currently babysitting a phone, so I have to put it up for the night, but I thought I would share with you what it is starting to look like…

A nice angle view of the board.
A closeup of the roundover on the board.
I need to resist the urge to rush through this and get it silky smooth before I apply the finish. This is going to be NICE

-- My workshop blog can be found at

10 comments so far

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#1 posted 12-03-2009 04:13 AM

Nice board! I’m sure it will be appreciated!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 12-03-2009 04:30 AM

I know that this cutter will be a welcome gift. It looks really good.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 12-03-2009 05:58 AM

Sanding is done, from 40 grit to 320 on the Random Orbital sander. Had the dust hose slip off the sander once, glad I was wearing the respirator. What a cloud!

Wiped the board down, smooth as butter in in almost every area, Have a couple of small spots to work on tomorrow… With any luck, I will be able to put a finish on this Friday, and gift wrap it…

Final dimensions are 16.5” wide x 23.5” long x 1.2” thick. Okay so I planed off .05” more than I planned. It will swell up to that thickness when it gets in the house and gets warm…

Tomorrow night gets me running around outside putting Freeze Caps on the hose bibs anyway… Should have done that two weeks ago, but who expected sub freezing temps in the Houston area before January?

-- My workshop blog can be found at

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#4 posted 12-03-2009 11:34 AM

something handmade? Always a hit—and cutting board for a kitchen guru? nice!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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David Craig

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#5 posted 12-03-2009 12:50 PM

Very nice board. I like to see these types of projects where wood is mixed to make patterns. That is something I haven’t done yet. Very nice gift to give the wife. Each time she has a knife in her hand, she will think of you ;) Just kidding. She will appreciate having such a thoughtful husband to give her such a high end gift to use in her own “shop” environment.

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#6 posted 12-03-2009 07:00 PM

that sure came out good

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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#7 posted 12-03-2009 08:53 PM

Thanks for the kind comments. I have been having a ton of fun with this too. It’s been a real learning experience too. This is the first time I have tried a multi species lamination like this, the first time I have tried flattening a board or project with a hand plane, etc… I am developing my touch, and appreciation for hand planes with this project for sure…

I am really anxious for her to unwrap this one. It’s sure big and heavy, but then again, that is part of the idea instead of having the cutting board skid across the counter top…

I sure am glad I have the workbench in the state it is in. I knocked together a very simply planing stop and gave it a good workout on this project. Just recycled some 3/8” ply, and a couple of small cutoff pieces of walnut 3/4” dowel do the trick! (That’s another story to be posted soon!)

-- My workshop blog can be found at

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David Craig

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#8 posted 12-03-2009 09:37 PM

I hope we get a picture of her reaction :) That is the funnest part of the project.

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#9 posted 12-04-2009 07:25 AM

Getting there, good work…...........

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#10 posted 12-05-2009 03:12 AM


The sanding is done, the finish is on. and it’s wrapped up, cradled in foam peanuts in a box, and getting ready to be wrapped…

The finish I opted for was simple lemon oil & beeswax. The color is amazing, and you sure would have a hard time beating the smell…

If LOML doesn’t sneak a peek here, the smell alone is going to throw her off…

-- My workshop blog can be found at

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