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Project by seriousturtle posted 05-11-2009 03:01 AM 1357 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are my first cutting boards. Trying to learn some basic techniques. I think they came out okay, but I also want to learn from my mistakes. Any finishing preferences for boards that you’d like to share, please do. First board is maple/walnut. Second is maple/walnut/cherry. I used a 50/50 shellac/spirits for the finish, but I’m not too pleased with it.

-- ~the turtle





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teenagewoodworker

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#1 posted 05-11-2009 03:05 AM

very nice

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a1Jim

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#2 posted 05-11-2009 03:08 AM

Super job I like the lighter board best. well done.

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flcopper169

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#3 posted 05-11-2009 03:08 AM

Nice design…. A good finish is mineral oil…. it’s food safe…Great first project…

Thanks for posting…

Rob

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patron

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#4 posted 05-11-2009 03:10 AM

very nice !
looking forward to future work .good semitry and good detailing

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#5 posted 05-11-2009 03:43 AM

Well done Serious!

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#6 posted 05-11-2009 04:00 AM

Watco products sells a Butcher Block Oil which leave a very smooth finish, but I recent try a Mineral Oil and Paraffin wax finish which may be the ticket from here on out for me. I wrote the formula and procedure in my last cutting board post check it out its a very cost efficient and extremely food safe finish. Nice board designs by the way, good luck and thank for posting….Blackcherry

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#7 posted 05-11-2009 05:16 AM

you really should use a food safe oil on those cutting boards…walnut oil is good and food safe minreal oil too…but anything with spirits can leach back up …just a thought for ya…..grizzman

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seriousturtle

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#8 posted 05-11-2009 11:13 PM

Thanks for the comments everyone. Grizz, I thought the same thing, but I followed Marc from the wood whisperer and his explanation. He basically said that you thin it enough to waterproof the pores of the wood, but not to create a film. Plus, the shellac is non-toxic when cured. Maybe next time I’ll try blackcherry’s recipe.

-- ~the turtle

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oaktree

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#9 posted 05-12-2009 01:09 AM

I used general Finishes salad bowl finish.I think it comes out good and mineral oil for mounthly sratch repairs.Hope this helps and thanks for posting.

-- Roger,N.Y.

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Todd Thomas

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#10 posted 05-12-2009 01:18 AM

nice looking cutters…well done

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#11 posted 05-12-2009 05:09 AM

Some people are allergic to Walnut oil . The mineral oil / beeswax has been my mainstay for years . The other “harder” finishes only look good until you start using the board and then it’s all over . I like the lighter color board because it is different for a change . They are both very nice , but the darker board design is very common : )

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#12 posted 05-12-2009 07:20 PM

Great looking boards! I prefer mineral oil myself, but I am dying to try the beeswax thing. Salad bowl finish is nice but like someone said the minute you cut on it doesn’t look nice anymore. I have read allot of articles about cutting board finishes and they all say to stay away from anything food based, and I agree. You can tell me shellac is non toxic all day but I would still never want to use a cutting board finished with it.

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firecaster

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#13 posted 05-13-2009 01:51 AM

They sure don”t look like your first ones. Great job.

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seriousturtle

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#14 posted 05-13-2009 03:47 AM

Is there a link to that beeswax finish?

-- ~the turtle

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