|Project by paxorion||posted 12-07-2014 07:37 PM||1040 views||2 times favorited||4 comments|
My wife and her family grew up using wooden cutting boards (solid planks of whatever wood they grabbed) and never knew the benefits of wooden cutting boards. After using one the end grain cutting board I made for us, the first words that came out of her mouth was “can you make one for my parents for Christmas?”.
When I finally went to get the hardwood for these boards (cherry, soft maple, walnut), I realized I had enough material to make a 3 decently sized cutting boards. So we changed the plan to make 3 different end-grain cutting boards, for 3 generations of her family: her grandparents, parents, and one of her sisters. Snipe and working around defects resulted in the 3rd cutting board being a 12” x 12” mix of the other two boards patterns. The irony is that the distinct pattern makes that one our favorite.
The milling and glue-ups are nothing unique. For this project, I made a router sled to flatten the glue-ups. The router bit was not kind to the surface, and I had to break out the belt-sander to work the surface and remove the gouges. The boards are finished with mineral oil.