Cutting Boards: The Walnut Collection

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Project by Mr M's Woodshop posted 08-15-2014 02:19 PM 1276 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently bought some wonderful walnut, so I expanded my stock of cutting boards for the fall craft fairs.

I had been making larger boards … and felt that they might be too big for today’s kitchen. You know, the kitchens that are used to microwave dinners and slice onions … not cook “family meals.” I had definitely heard customers talking about smaller cutting boards: RV cutting boards. Cutting boards to make a sandwich on. Slice a tomato on. Or … quarter a lime in the man cave. Whatever.

Not create a chef salad for a family of 10.

So, I designed small. All of these are end grain cutting boards.

The first picture is of a trio of boards made from off cuts I got from a restoration contractor. He had 25 boards bundled; all were 2-15/16” wide, ¾” thick and 2’ long. Perfect for me! They have a bit more sap wood than I would like in a board, but the look is pretty spectacular. All 3 are black walnut. They’re each a little less than 12” square and only 1-1/4” thick … these are light duty cutting boards, serving boards … whatever you would like. No one’s going to be chopping up a raw chicken on these boards.

The board in the second picture is much-hated by my wife … she says it’s too southwestern. (For the record: we live in the southwest.) Good thing I’m selling this one; it’ll never see her kitchen. Black walnut, hard maple & padauk.

Incidentally, this board was designed using cutting board software I found on LumberJocks, written a few years ago by Jeremy Greiner. Jeremy lives in my home state of Missouri, so he must be a good guy. Read his blog post/see the video about that software, here.

Pictures 3 – 6 are a suite of boards I designed to be made together. All are approximately 12” x 16” x 1-3/8”. Black walnut and hard maple stock was milled at the same time so the pieces would be as interchangeable as possible. I really wanted to make # 3 … what I called the “picture frame” cutting board, with a hard maple center.
I made enough extra stock so that I could make 2 of that board, 2 of the pure walnut boards, and one each of the other two.

All of my boards receive routed handholds on each end. Edges get rounded over on the router table, and then surfaced to 240 grit with my ROS.

Finish is mineral oil, with a top coat of mineral oil & locally-produced beeswax. (“Oooh, how smooth!”) I get the top coat from my wife, Mrs. M, who makes it in the kitchen while I, uh, hide in the shop. Non-skid rubber feet are attached with stainless steel screws.

Comments, criticisms and cheap hardwood in Southern California, always welcome.

-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA,

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#1 posted 08-15-2014 03:09 PM

Very nice. The subdued colors look great and the patterns look good too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 08-15-2014 04:21 PM

Great score on the cut offs and very nice work mixing all the different woods together.

Thanks for posting some pictures for us.

-- Brad, Texas,

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#3 posted 08-16-2014 01:25 AM

Those look great. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#4 posted 08-16-2014 06:07 AM

Thanks guys! I appreciate the looks & comments.

-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA,

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#5 posted 08-16-2014 10:12 AM

Great looking boards! I like them all. Walnut is one of my favorite woods to use in making end grain cutting boards. You did a fantastic job on all of the boards. Thanks for posting your work.
I am also a fan of the cutting board club. I have made thirteen so far. It has been a lot of fun to make them.

Ellery Becnel

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