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The Eternal Kitchen Dilemma... Solved!!!

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Project by poopiekat posted 07-20-2014 04:25 PM 1211 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Generations of households have had to cope with the abominable, chronic problem of damage to kitchen countertops from overzealous slicing and dicing. After all, who hasn’t rammed a knife into said tabletop, while trying to separate two hamburger patties frozen together, only to chip a tooth on that ever-present formica shard?

Now, especially with the advent of Corian and granite countertops, careless filleting results not only in unsightly scratches and scars on your surface, but raises heck with your workksharp-ed edges of your knives.

I pondered the situation, and came up with this: A fibrous structural tissue with a cellular composition that resists all sharp objects, tools and knives, to be placed between your wild boar road-kill and your precious counter-top.

I just can’t think of a name for it.

Seriously...my wife complained to me this morning about how her 20 yr old cutting board will no longer lie flat on the counter, and would I please make her a new one? An hour later, from a stock of laminated maple, I presented this to her.

Now, hmmm, I should start a thread about what finish to use on it, cuz I got absolutely no freakin’ idea.

Wow… start to finish in an hour, what a break from my ungodly long, complicated projects that take forever to complete. Hope ya like it!!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!





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Mike Throckmorton

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#1 posted 07-20-2014 05:01 PM

“Try the new WoodArmor Counter Protection System! WoodArmor armor tiles available in a wide range of sizes and styles”

-- You are never complete, you just draw a line where done is and stop at that line.

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michelletwo

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#2 posted 07-20-2014 05:10 PM

check out Craft Supplies USA..they have a wax/lemon oil (artisan brand) that is superb for cutting boards.

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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Don W

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#3 posted 07-20-2014 05:21 PM

Nice job. No #4 smoother shots?

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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MT_Stringer

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#4 posted 07-20-2014 06:02 PM

Just rub it down in mineral oil and get on down the road. Tell her when it starts to look thirsty, rub it down again. :-)

And keep it out of the dishwasher!!! :-)

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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poopiekat

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#5 posted 07-20-2014 06:32 PM

Thanks for the finishing suggestions, everyone! Don, this board was already glass-smooth before I started sizing it. My first reaction WAS to plane down the high spots on the old, warped cutting board though!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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LoydMoore

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#6 posted 07-20-2014 07:27 PM

Check this out. I apply one coat of mineral oil and two coats of this goop. I like it best and use it on all of my cutting boards.

http://andreasrecipes.com/beeswax-paste-for-cutting-boards-and-butcher-blocks/

I went to the local thrift store and picked up a 1 qt crock pot. I cook it and store it in the same container.

-- Loyd, San Angelo, TX http:www.moorewoodenboxes.com

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lysdexic

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#7 posted 07-20-2014 11:11 PM

Wow, your counter tops do look beat up. Is that 3/4” hole used for waste disposal?

:^)

Nice cutting board.

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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poopiekat

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#8 posted 07-21-2014 01:39 AM

Loyd: Thanks for the link; I’ll check it out! lysdexic: That 3/4” hole is for one of my bench vise mounting bolts. I use the floor for waste disposal.
You should see the mess I make when I slice a pork shoulder on my bandsaw!! Or using my Sawzall to make quick work of a Hubbard squash!

Hey, does anyone see the irony, we all master cutting tools to cut up our wooden stock, then make implements out of that same wooden stock to resist the damage done by other tools…

Thanks, all for your kind responses for this admittedly goofy thread!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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littlecope

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#9 posted 07-21-2014 03:39 AM

Wow!! Staggering!! Revolutionary!!
And with a built-in Handle too, Brilliant!!
Bravo my Friend Bravo!! :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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poopiekat

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#10 posted 07-21-2014 02:45 PM

Thanks, Mike! I wonder if your friends at “Red Arrow” could use one or two!
Best Regards, sir!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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