First Cutting Board

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Project by Loucarb posted 2004 days ago 1386 views 2 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first attempt at a cutting board. It did not come out as nice as I would have liked but the wife loves it and it was fun building. The wood is maple, cherry, and purple heart

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#1 posted 2004 days ago

Wow, I don’t now what you expected but it looks great to me.

-- Father of two sons. Both Eagle Scouts.

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#2 posted 2004 days ago

I don’t know what the problem is either Lou, it looks great, nice pattern great color and the wife like it dude what’s up with that…oh ya I think I see some walnut as well… thank for sharing Blkcherry

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#3 posted 2004 days ago

Beautifully arranged wood combinations!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#4 posted 2003 days ago

Thats an outstanding cutting board. You sound like you are as critical of your projects as I am of mine. I always think I could have done better… I think your board looks amazing though.

-- "I have not failed 10,000 times, I have successfully found 10,000 ways that will not work."--Thomas A. Edison

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#5 posted 2003 days ago

Very pretty

-- I don't make mistakes, only design

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#6 posted 2003 days ago

Thanks you all for the kind words. It hard to see in the pics but it really isn’t that flat. I had a hard time with the planer (blades really dull and need sharping) and I have some snipe marks on the bottom. And yes I forgot to put in the Walnut. Thank you all again

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Todd Thomas

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#7 posted 2003 days ago

nice cutter…good job.

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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#8 posted 2003 days ago

The board looks amazing, what did you use for a finish?

I had the same flatness issue when making my first boards. An aggressive belt on my hand-held sander and a straight edge to check my progress is all I use… plus a little patience.

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#9 posted 2003 days ago

Thanks Lucas. I was thinking of getting a belt sander but I don’t know maybe that will make thing worse. I used a walnut oil for the finish but only because I know no one here is allergic to nuts. Thanks again

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#10 posted 2003 days ago

I think it looks absolutely amazing. That is on heck of a nice cutting board. Be proud man.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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Tim Pursell

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#11 posted 2003 days ago

I’m surprised you got it thru a planer at all. End grain does not plane very easily. I’ve heard of endgrain boards being pulled appart in a planer & causing all sorts of damage.
I’m lucky I have an old ryobi drum sander that I run my cutting boards thru. Very many light passes does the trick. If not I’d do the belt sander thing. Board looks good & the wife likes it so that’s what REALLY counts! LOL


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#12 posted 2003 days ago

Thank you all again for all the great complements and thanks Tim for heads up with the planer. It was very hard even taking very light cuts. I think I’ll follow your advice and just use a sander on future boards. thanks

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#13 posted 2003 days ago

Now that came out great – nice – no very nice job – I bet that took some gluing time out of your day.

Looks great


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#14 posted 2003 days ago

Looks great in the pics, Lou. I like the pattern. Yep, sanding is the way to go with end grain cutting boards.

-- John, co-owner Sawdust 'n Stitches

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#15 posted 1987 days ago

A friend told me that, once I had made ONE I would never stop and he was SOOOO right!!
Looks Great Mate Keep up the good work and many more. And yes Sanding only keep away from the planer with endgrain.
Regards Larry

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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