First Cutting Board

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Project by B4B posted 09-07-2014 04:55 PM 877 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is the first cutting board I’ve made. I wanted to make myself a very sturdy, end grain cutting board as a proof of concept (to give family as gifts for Christmas). This one started out as two 7.5”x16” Hard/Rock Maple and Walnut.

The finished size is 14×14.5 and is about 1-5/8 inch thick. The bottom is not flat and I have some work left to do there. I still need to run this though my table saw to finish the edges.

Throughout this project I realized, in this order:

A) My jointer does not have the capacity I need.
B) I need a surface Planer
C) I need some good/different table saw blades
D) A good parallel clamp set would have worked better
E) I need a good block (hand) plane

I learned a lot from this project. If I were to make another one:
1) Perform the first glue up in 4” sections so I could run it though my jointer, and glue the 2 sections together after verifing they are the same thickness (it might add time to the total project, but this is MY time).

2) Pay better attention to the saw blade and stock thickness. I had a lot of sanding after the first glue up as the boards were not the same thickness. . perhaps I should get a thickness gauge/caliper.
3) Do a dry run to ensure that all my stock is square for the first glue up.
4) Take more care when gluing up as to align each piece better.
5) Ensure my table saw blade is securely bolted in on the arbor (I had my saw blade come loose)
6) Did I mention I need a good block plane after the final glue up?
7) I really should build myself a workbench . . . that may be my next project.

-- There's two routers in my vocab, one that moves data and one that removes wood, the latter being more relevant on this forum.

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#1 posted 09-07-2014 05:04 PM

looks great, you can’t beat the classic checkerboard design.

-- I didn't go to college, I was too busy learning stuff - Ted Nugent

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#2 posted 09-07-2014 10:29 PM

Nice job! It seems that every time I do a new project I realize there are tools i still need.

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#3 posted 09-08-2014 02:34 AM

looks very nice. i built myself a router planer. works great even on end grain. might i suggest a diablo 10-50 saw blade. this will handle lumber over 1 inch thick. great for both cross cuts and ripping.

-- wiser1934, new york

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#4 posted 09-08-2014 03:19 AM

First off….
Welcome to LJs!!! A great place to feed your WW insanity!!!

Looks great!!! Well done.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#5 posted 09-08-2014 05:48 AM

Looks good. I found a lot of the same things you did when I did my first one. Since I don’t have a planer, I made a jig for my router which works pretty darn good. I bought a 1.5” mortising bit so I can cover a lot of material with 1 pass. Might be worth looking at if you’re like me and don’t have the money for a planer.


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#6 posted 09-09-2014 02:28 AM

Thanks for the words of encouragement!

I was looking online at the different cutting board patterns, and I just seemed to gravitate towards the checkerboard pattern more than the others. So I went with it.

I’m actually looking at a Forrest WoodWorker 40 tooth blade for the Table saw. I think that would be a good blade for most of the work I do. I also have a 80 tooth blade (not sure on the brand, probably a freud) that burnt the maple when I cut it . .oops. I swapped to a 20 tooth general use blade that I had on hand and raised it all the way up. It cut much, much better after that and no burning. I think I saw that tip on this forum somewhere.

I was down at a local woodworking store this weekend and saw they had a block plane for around $50, that may be a pretty good option for getting this flat.

I used it for the first time this weekend, and it worked well. The bottom needs to be flattened out a bit more as it rocks a little bit, but it sure beat the plastic ones I’ve been using, and was easier on the wrist. . more of a springy-spongy feeling than the hard stop feeling. Kinda like the difference between walking on tile and hardwood floors. I’ve used edge grain cutting boards before, but never an end grain.

Now I just need to crank out 3 more as gifts before the weather gets too cold :)

I’m thinking my next power tool purchase will be a 12 or 13 inch planer. That will help a bit. I also need to get a new set of blades and a blade setting jig for my jointer. I don’t have a router yet, either.

-- There's two routers in my vocab, one that moves data and one that removes wood, the latter being more relevant on this forum.

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