My First Cutting Board

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Project by ilyac posted 03-11-2015 02:14 AM 1172 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So like nearly every other aspiring woodworker I decided to make a end gain cutting board. Hard maple and walnut. 12” x 15”, 1-1/2” thick. I used a 1/4” roundover on the whole thing and added a juice groove. I finished this with Howard Butcher Block Conditioner, which seems to be working quite nicely.

I love the way this ended up coming out, I think it looks great and I’m sure it’ll serve me for years to come. Having learned from my mistakes the next one I make for my mom will hopefully go a lot smoother.

I learned A LOT of lessons making this. The process seems so simple. Cut a bunch of sticks. Glue them together. Cut them the other way, rotate 90 degrees, and glue again. Sand. Seal. Done.

I made mistakes at nearly every step. I had a hard time with my initial rips of the hard maple because once in strips it had a tendency to bend a little. Without a planer/jointer or a good way to hold them down for hand planing (not that using a hand plane on hard maple was fun regardless) getting the strips to be all evenly sized and square was a bit more difficult that I anticipated. After a few mistakes I got the hang of it, but I ended up creating a lot of waste and so the whole thing was a bit smaller than I intended.

Glue up went pretty well, except I could have been more careful lining everything up as i learned very quickly than if it’s not all lined up now, sanding is a pain. Lesson learned. crosscutting and re-gluing went slightly better, but I need to make myself a pair of cauls, and all this will be much easier, and result in much less sanding.

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#1 posted 03-11-2015 02:35 AM

Very nice cutting board for a first time…well done.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#2 posted 03-11-2015 04:34 PM

I like your pattern, very nice job.

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#3 posted 03-11-2015 06:14 PM

Those lessons learned will prove invaluable!
Nice job!

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#5 posted 03-11-2015 11:02 PM

Thanks everyone! and Ducky911, that’s perfect, hopefully next one I’ll have a better template to route the groove with and I can do it without having to set up an edge guide for each side separately.

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#6 posted 03-11-2015 11:41 PM

I like that a whole bunch. Nice job.

Ducky – thanks for the tip.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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