Classic Cutting Boards

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Project by Mr M's Woodshop posted 10-11-2014 03:24 AM 2153 views 7 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

THE classic cutting board, of course, would be an end grain hard maple board. Yup, made a couple of those in my latest batch.

I also made several using hard maple, walnut and cherry. You can’t beat that color contrast … and the first two of these sold immediately. I’m thinking I need to make some more of those.

All boards are 1-1/2” thick, and approximately 12” x 19”. Routed hand holds, non-skid rubber feet with stainless steel screws.

Mineral oil for a finish, with a locally harvested beeswax & mineral oil topcoat.

-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA,

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#1 posted 10-11-2014 04:48 AM

I really want to make some of these, but kind of afraid to pull the trigger.

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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#2 posted 10-11-2014 09:46 AM

if’n i wernt so lazy id try one of those cause its obvious it way too much work

REAL nice job !! I’d call that first one eye candy for the woodworker.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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Mr M's Woodshop

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#3 posted 10-11-2014 01:00 PM

I’ve found individual boards are NOT much work … but they do require work spread over several days while the glue & then the finish dries. So … make 10 at once, and you’re not sitting around waiting!

In my too-small garage-based shop, I’ve found I can make about a dozen or so at one time, and then I’m just out of room. I’ve only got 14 clamps, so that’s a self-imposed limit, too.

-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA,

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#4 posted 10-11-2014 05:32 PM

Very nice design and extremely well made. I especially like the burnished look on the lighter bits, really gives it special look.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 10-11-2014 11:16 PM

Nice job Henry. Always fun to make and always good looking.

On a side note; Am doing a craft show this weekend and found a guy that did beautiful cutting boards. Absolutely gorgeous. The only problem I saw was that was all he did. Those classic end-grain cutting boards. I have a few that have been in my inventory for a few years. I’m sure they’ll sell eventually but I can’t imagine having nothing but those to sell. So many people doing them pushes down the pricing.

-- Schooled in the advanced art of sawdust and woodchip manufacturing.

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Mr M's Woodshop

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#6 posted 10-12-2014 05:06 AM

I hear that, Jim. I agree that man does not live by … uh, making cutting boards alone. On the other hand, I’m yet to find another person in my region doing what I’m doing. Maybe that is what comes from living on the fringe of the USA’s 2nd largest metro area.

On sale today in the Mrs M’s Handmade booth: cutting boards, cheese boards, cheese & cracker servers, and routed bowls (yes, you can see all of those in my prior projects). Plus, of course, all of the lotions, balms, soaps, scrubs & sprays that Mrs M brings to the Fair.

We had our best one day sales ever at the Granada Hills Street Fair.

So, on to tomorrow’s event in Encino, CA!

-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA,

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#7 posted 10-12-2014 11:18 AM

The one we are in is a disappointment. Every vendor I’ve spoken to says this is their best event. So you get your expectations up. We had a shitty day. We covered our table cost plus a little more but you spend money on food and gas so we’re still just breaking even. I tend to have a wider variety of stuff than other woodworkers, but my stuff is fairly simple so there tends to be other products like them in the show somewhere. Good luck at your show and here’s hoping today is a better day.

Keep the chips flying.

-- Schooled in the advanced art of sawdust and woodchip manufacturing.

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#8 posted 10-12-2014 05:24 PM

Beautiful cutting boards Henry! The patterns and color contrast are really nice. Good luck with the sales at the fair.
Keep up the good work, and keep posting your work!

Ellery Becnel

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#9 posted 10-12-2014 09:45 PM

Beautiful cutting boards!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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