Big board, could carve a turkey or two

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Project by Patrick Garrett posted 11-01-2014 02:56 PM 2410 views 14 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the largest end grain cutting board I’ve built to date, a commissioned piece through my Etsy store. It was a fun build with final dimensions at 24.5”x18.5”x1.9” and tipping the scale around 30 lb.

This was my first time installing hardware handles on a board – normally I just route out hand holds. Does anyone have good sources for externally-mounted hardware that looks good? These are 8” Aubrey polished nickel handles from Restoration Hardware and they look really sharp, but I’d love to find something closer to the $6-$8 range so I can include them in more of my boards. Most decent-looking hardware I’ve found is back-mounted drawer type pulls, which doesn’t work so well on a solid block.

I used my new Lie-Nielsen #62 low angle jack plane with a toothed blade to make (relatively) quick work of flattening, boy does that put my old Stanley #5 to shame on end grain. The A2 steel stays sharp for longer than anything else I’ve used – only had to sharpen once during the project. I used a Veritas 1/8” cornering tool all around, and a 3/8” diameter cove router bit for the juice groove.

The finish is multiple applications of food grade mineral oil with Howard’s Butcher Block conditioner as a final coat.

Thanks for looking!

-- Makes airplanes by day, planes wood at night <|>

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#1 posted 11-01-2014 05:33 PM

Wow, that’s an impressive board! Good job!

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#2 posted 11-01-2014 07:58 PM

Beautiful pattern. Looks so massive – as it is.

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#3 posted 11-01-2014 08:07 PM

Great looking board. No doubt that heavy board would stay in one place all the time. thanks for sharing

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#4 posted 11-01-2014 08:07 PM

Nice cutting board. Lift with your legs. That juice groove came out perfect.
I like this web site for hardware. Hardware is seldom cheap and you usually get what you pay for.
Like your Etsy store. You should be able to increase sales with Christmas coming and the quality of your stuff….........

-- mike...............

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#5 posted 11-01-2014 08:45 PM

Mike, thanks for the heads-up – the items on Van Dyke’s look nice, more variety of external mounts than I’ve seen elsewhere and the price is reasonable. I think I’ll give them a try.

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#6 posted 11-01-2014 09:25 PM

Nice job. I’m still getting some burning, plus some overlap at the corners when I do juice grooves. Need to practice more. Need to come over for a lesson.

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

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#7 posted 11-01-2014 11:35 PM

Wow, that is a fantastic job.
Nice attention to details. Lots of details.


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#8 posted 11-01-2014 11:40 PM

Jim, I use a couple tricks to prevent burning.
The first one is to keep the router moving at all times – it doesn’t take a lot of time lingering in one spot for the heat to build up and make the tell-tale mark.
The second one is to make the last pass very light, 1/32” deep or less.

Also, to ensure the corners don’t overlap I make an external window-frame template and stick it to the board with carpet tape. I set up my router with a guide bearing and make sure to press firmly against the template. By making an external frame it ensures the corners are crisp even if there’s a slight gap between the pieces of the template.

If you tried to use an internal template you’d find that you may have a hard time keeping the router tight against the corner, although it may work just fine if you did an internal template with moderate corner radii.

I hope that helps!

-- Makes airplanes by day, planes wood at night <|>

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#9 posted 11-02-2014 07:58 AM

Very nice.

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#10 posted 11-02-2014 01:29 PM

From one Warrentonian to another, fantastic job on that board.

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#11 posted 11-02-2014 01:31 PM

Absolutely gorgeous!!

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#12 posted 11-02-2014 01:46 PM

now that is a big board..nice job!!!

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#13 posted 11-02-2014 05:21 PM

I have been using the router table with stop blocks, but I think the force of the router is nudging the blocks just enough to get an uneven corner. Yours is pristine though. Gotta start using the plunge router and template

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

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#14 posted 11-02-2014 10:27 PM

Bravo…..that is right on the mark. Nice work and thanks for the tips!

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#15 posted 11-04-2014 09:46 PM

I can’t imagine the time and effort went into your cutting board. Great attention to details. Well done.

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