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First Project: The Ubiquitous Cutting Board

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Project by TheGreatJon posted 01-09-2015 07:26 PM 883 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been collecting tools for the last year or so because I’ve wanted to get into woodworking. This Christmas I finally had an excuse to get out there and tackle a project that I could handle. I haven’t made myself a workbench yet, so the planing and sanding was done on top of my table saw, while the glue ups were done on a desk top that I have precariously perched atop a number of reclaimed 4×4s that are awaiting a project.

I got to learn from plenty of mistakes and I had a lot of fun making them! The board is made of walnut, maple, and cherry that I got from a local urban sawyer. I finished it with beeswax and mineral oil, but I think I used too much wax because it kept hardening before I could get it to soak in.

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#1 posted 01-09-2015 09:02 PM

You’re just starting into woodworking and you took on THIS for a first project? Wow , you are MUCH more brave than I.
GOOD JOB Jon… Nice board!

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#2 posted 01-09-2015 09:02 PM

Oh, and WELCOME to LJs !

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#3 posted 01-10-2015 12:01 AM

Nice board and pattern, you did a good job

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#4 posted 01-10-2015 12:45 AM

Nice board.

Hint: Warm the board in the oven. The beeswax and mineral oil will soak right in. It doesn’t have to be all that warm either, just enough to melt the wax and let it suck in.

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#5 posted 01-10-2015 08:06 PM

Thanks, guys!

Joe, this may have been my first project, but it took me two boards to get it right. The first half-completed board is sitting in a scrap bin, completely irredeemable as far as I can tell.

Thanks, Dallas. I’ll give that a shot next time!

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#6 posted 01-11-2015 03:21 PM

That 1st “half-board” might NOT need to be scrapped. If you can get a clean 6” X 6” piece out of it, it would make a nice cheese board as a gift to someone. No one has to know you didn’t PLAN it that way! :-)

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