Wood Whisperer Cutting Boards

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Project by birraej1 posted 12-27-2008 12:57 AM 7813 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I stumbled across the wood whisperer podcast on cutting boards while researching for some Christmas wood project to make this year. I loved the boards and loved what seemed to be a “simple” process (ha!)

I’m pretty new at woodworking, having just made some tables and shelves for simple pine furniture in the past. Specifically, I lake a jointer, a planer, and a drum sander. This made getting nice glue-edges on the wood something of a challenge. I do however, have a belt sander which now wishes that it had never been born. 8)

The results turned out pretty nice. Only photos are of them drying in my dusty workshop/garage (that way for all but the final coat). What I found in doing this project was that it touched on alot of skills I had never pursued before… trying to use a fore plane to joint an edge. Trying to shim the outfeed side of the a router table fence to joint. Tweaking/adjusting my table saw. Glue-ups in three dimensions…Using scrapers, belt sanders…Failing to plane edge grain with a dull plane knife. How to sharpen a plane knife…

Alot of learning for a small end result! So.. that’s my story and I can’t wait for “The Next Thing”. Thanks for taking the time to read this. Everyone enjoyed the results in the family and ideas for subsequent years are much appreciated.


-- Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass -- it's about learning how to dance in the rain.

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#1 posted 12-27-2008 01:06 AM

Looks to me like they turned out pretty darn nice.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#2 posted 12-27-2008 01:20 AM

Those aren’t’ Wood Whisperer Boards – they are no Ed Boards. Good work Ed, I bet they were welcome gifts to the recipients. Now the wood bug has bitten you, start early for next Christmas.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#3 posted 12-27-2008 04:36 AM

These look good, Im gona try me one, one of these days.

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#4 posted 12-27-2008 10:30 AM


In principle they are pretty simple to make. I found that the devil (at least for mine) was making sure all of those edge glue-ups were EVEN—meaning no gaps to mar the smooth surface and let “bad things” settle into the cutting board. It took a while (sans jointer) to get all the joints tight. On some of the “early” ones when I was still trying to figure out how best to joint, I would go back over the board and wherever there was a small gap I would fill it with tightbond-III and go through some dry/shrink/refill cycles until post-sanding, there were no gaps.

I kinda scratched my head about two things though:

1. After sanding to 400 grit the top was very smooth. Is that really functional for a cutting board? Do we want things slipping about?

2. Does sanding end grain beyond, say, 120 grit clog the wood pores thus making them resistant to absorbing finishing?

-- Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass -- it's about learning how to dance in the rain.

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#5 posted 12-28-2008 08:16 AM

These show very nice and have good looking patterns. I’ve now been formally “inspired” to make a half dozen for next Christmas. Thanks

-- Bob A in NJ

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#6 posted 04-02-2011 07:09 PM

Nice looking cutting board!

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