First cutting steps

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Project by CFrye posted 12-28-2014 12:35 PM 2653 views 0 times favorited 53 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Cherry and curly maple. I made it so it would fit through the planer. Then two very shallow passes with the trim router. I had the first coat of mineral oil on it when a buddy posted his first board and almost shamed me into taking it back to the shop to cut some finger ‘dents’ into the ends. I decided to stand by the ‘baby steps’ mantra and finish finishing it. 3 coats of mineral oil and 2 or 3 coats of Howard’s Butcher Block Conditioner.
12” x 17” x 3/4”. The one questionable thing I did on this was turned the maple sideways so that the edge grain is showing (curl is more defined) and the face grain is glued to the edge grain of the cherry. I hope 3/4” is too thin to be concerned about wood movement…right?
Thanks for looking. Any comments, suggestions are appreciated.
By the way, the cherry is some trim that LJ gfadvm gave to hubby and me when he was making room for lumber to be milled on his saw mill. Thanks, Andy!

-- God bless, Candy

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#1 posted 12-28-2014 12:40 PM

Looks good, Candy. Great contrast in colors. Love the stamping too.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#2 posted 12-28-2014 12:41 PM

Nice board, Candy. I’ve yet to tackle one of these. Who is going to use it first….you or Jim?

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#3 posted 12-28-2014 12:47 PM

Good job. Never feel like you have to make it like everyone else.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 12-28-2014 12:58 PM

Nicely done Candy. I like the wood combos. I also like your stamp. Good idea.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#5 posted 12-28-2014 01:04 PM

Nice cutting board, Candy. I haven’t made one of these since cub scouts.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#6 posted 12-28-2014 01:36 PM

it looks nice, i really like that curly maple. its it for you or to give away?, i found out that those make one of the most practical and nicest gifts, and something i never thought, i saw here one cutting board as a gift and it has a loaf of bread on it!, being that i like to bake i think thats the way i will be presenting them from now on.

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#7 posted 12-28-2014 01:40 PM

Nice Candy, I made a bunch of stuff for gifts over the past several weeks, I guess I should get off my butt and post a few.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#8 posted 12-28-2014 01:45 PM

glad to see you enter the ranks of cutting board makers….:).....they are just like boxes, yep, you will want to be making ones with every shape and color…i like the cherry you have here, Andy is a good man, i doubt anyone would stop for a visit and go away empty handed…i look forward to seeing what you do next….you know this put a dent into your stockpile….:)

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#9 posted 12-28-2014 01:47 PM

Sweet curls…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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#10 posted 12-28-2014 01:50 PM

Great work Candy! Don’t worry about the face and edge grain, there won’t be that much difference in expansion and it adds definition to the curl.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#11 posted 12-28-2014 01:51 PM

great first candy

pretty soon
you will be up and walking
then running thru these

remember it’s the journey
that gives the most

well done
and in time for a great new year

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#12 posted 12-28-2014 01:58 PM

Great looking cutting board.
Love the curly…. That and the gifted cherry make this board very special!!!

When will you be making another?....
They say the addiction will take hold!!!

That is the beauty of woodworking….
Each person’s projects are uniquely their own!!!

-- 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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#13 posted 12-28-2014 02:08 PM

That’s a beauty! You’ve got me inspired. I was at the wood store yesterday but didn’t know what to get and it seemed to be a waste to get pretty wood for a cutting board. I was wrong!

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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#14 posted 12-28-2014 02:11 PM

Good job! Cutting boards are fun and satisfying to build. Keep up the good work.

-- I thank God for everything, especially all of you!

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#15 posted 12-28-2014 02:19 PM

Nice work, Candy! Looks better than my first attempt!

Like the wood choices, too.

yes, be careful, cutting boards are addictive…

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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