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Project by Sandking posted 06-03-2009 05:35 PM 1643 views 14 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Cutting boards are fun and since I like to cook as well used often. What I can’t believe is how often they should be oiled (I try and do it monthly). They are finished in Mineral Oil with some melted paraffin wax. I noticed on some websites they dedicate an old pot to melt the wax in the oil. I use empty jars (I guy them by the case but you can use an old sauce jar as well), put in the oil and wax and place it in a pot of boiling water. Similar to a double boiler for melting chocolate my wife doesn’t have to get mad with wax in our pots!!! The best part about it is I make a big batch; whatever is left over I put the cap on and sit it on the shelf. When I need it again I warm it up in the boiling water (since it’s hardened some) and refinish the board.

The end grain are nice and sturdy, but with my Incra fence I love the look of the edge grain boards. It’s also really fun making them since the Incra fence is soooo percise. I’ve only made two of them and given them as gifts so I don’t know how they hold up to knife marks yet.

-- The only time success comes before work is in the dictionary....





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Neodogg

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#1 posted 06-03-2009 05:50 PM

pretty sweet!

-- If you can't fix it with a hammer, you've got an electrical problem!

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a1Jim

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#2 posted 06-03-2009 05:54 PM

These are a wonderful pair of cutting boards super design and great wood choices

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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tomakazi

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#3 posted 06-03-2009 06:11 PM

very classy, I’ve never used an incra jig before, now I’m interested. What is the ratio of wax to oil?
Thanks

Tom

-- I didn't go to college, I was too busy learning stuff - Ted Nugent

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Sandking

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#4 posted 06-03-2009 06:25 PM

I think it was about 25% wax to oil, if it looks too thick add more oil.

-- The only time success comes before work is in the dictionary....

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JoeinDE

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#5 posted 06-03-2009 06:46 PM

I really like the “monitor test pattern” board. You could really have some fun with that using two different colored woods e.g. bloodwood and yellowheart.

-- A bad craftsmen blames his cheap #$%ing tools

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Warren

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#6 posted 06-03-2009 07:34 PM

they look great! ALso I notice you have some really nice small rubber feet on there, could you tell me where you got them from? Ive been looking for some like that for months!

-- Im more succesfull at making sawdust than I am at making furniture

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Sandking

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#7 posted 06-04-2009 03:42 AM

Warren sorry to say I’ve only found them in one place and the store went out of business. It was a local Ace Hardware that was liquidating their stock. I found two packages and believe me when I tell you the package looked like it was from 1969. All the new ones I find are hard plastic and not rubber like these. All the stores I go to don’t have them. I found them in the hardware section of Ace (where they have the furniture moving pads and felt pads for chairs, etc). Happy hunting.

-- The only time success comes before work is in the dictionary....

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Karson

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#8 posted 06-04-2009 03:54 AM

Mr. Sandking. A couple of great looking boards. I’ve used just straight paraffin and I used an old electric iron to melt the wax into the board. I then use a scraper to clean the wax off the surface.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#9 posted 06-04-2009 03:40 PM

Nice choice of timber and design….......good job.

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#10 posted 06-06-2009 03:56 PM

Awesome….I love the simple design
great job!

-- Jerry - Rochester, MN *Whether you think you can or you can't, you are probably right* - Henry Ford

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