|Project by VillageWood||posted 07-14-2009 03:51 AM||2852 views||3 times favorited||7 comments|
A friend of mine asked me to make a new cutting board. After showing her various types of wood, she chose a curly roasted maple, cherry and purpleheart which were interested and expensive choices. I did research the toxicity of these woods and they all turned out okay. She didn’t want it oiled though, so it gave me a chance to try out Watco’s Butcher Block food-safe finish.
Well, you know me. Craft shows in mind, I decided to make a few of them. All in all, I made six 12” x 18” boards, all with the same motif, using a lot of scrap pieces in the workshop in the process. I seem to have a thing for British racing stripes.
I made two of the type my client wanted, picked the best one for her, and finished it with the Watco product. I was a little disappointed. While the finish looks fine, it is not self-levelling and therefore shows marks. It needs to be thinned. I know, I know, it’s just a cutting board… The finish as you can see is glossy and really brings out the figure of the maple, and you can see your reflection in it. I only have the one pitcure of its last coat of finish in the shop. I cut its twin into two smaller boards. I also cut another one of the boards with quilted maple in two. The reason is that my wife kept one, of course.