First Cutting Board

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Project by Loucarb posted 03-05-2009 03:03 AM 1875 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 03-05-2009 03:58 AM

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 03-05-2009 04:41 AM

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 03-05-2009 11:21 AM

Beautifully arranged wood combinations!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#4 posted 03-05-2009 03:30 PM

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 03-05-2009 06:04 PM

Very pretty

-- I don't make mistakes, only design

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#6 posted 03-06-2009 12:25 AM

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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#7 posted 03-06-2009 12:45 AM

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 03-06-2009 02:44 AM

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 03-06-2009 02:56 AM

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 03-06-2009 02:57 AM

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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#11 posted 03-06-2009 03:00 AM

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 03-06-2009 03:10 AM

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 03-06-2009 03:11 AM

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 03-06-2009 03:13 AM

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 03-22-2009 11:41 AM

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

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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