Long Cutting Board

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Project by Durnik150 posted 09-15-2009 08:10 AM 2341 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I realized that it had been over a month since I had posted any projects. Well, we can’t have that!!

This is a long grain cutting board I made for my step mother for this last Christmas. It is about 10” wide and 22” long. It is about 3/4” thick. The woods, from the inside out, are Narra, Birdseye Maple, Purpleheart, and Canarywood. I used a biscuit joiner to add a little perpendicular strength.

Once I had routed and planed it, I sanded the heck out of it with my finish sander. I finished it off with several slatherings of butcher block oil (mineral oil, uncscented). I guaranteed the board and told my mother in law that if anything ever went wrong with the board all she needed to do was fly me down to Florida and I would fix it at no charge!

Thanks for taking a look.

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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#1 posted 09-15-2009 08:42 AM

Looks good from here, post away :-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 09-15-2009 08:56 AM

Very dramatic but why would you want to go to Florida.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#3 posted 09-15-2009 09:33 AM

Good point Larry! I love Colorado where I am now and have no intentions of going anywhere else. We actually get all 4 seasons and the humidity is very low (great for woodworking!!).

However, Dad lives on the bay of Tampa, has a pool and a boat out back. It has its attraction. Buuuuuuuut, it also has those dam#$% “no-see-ums.” Little bugs that eat you alive, especially if you bring all that high-iron Colorado blood with you.

Nope, Colorado and here to stay.

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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#4 posted 09-15-2009 10:35 AM

Very nice contrast, what size round-over bit did you use? I have 4 boards in the finishing stage ( 4th coat of 50/50, mineral spirits and salad bowl finish.) and while routing the purpleheart no matter how slow or little material I took off, it wanted to tear out. After routing however I made a light pass on the jointer and fixed all the tearout. Pics to follow Nice Job.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 09-15-2009 04:35 PM

Hey Charles
This board looks great I really like the wood contrast. Now that you have more time I’m guessing there will be a lot more great projects coming out of your shop.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#6 posted 09-15-2009 04:59 PM

Looks good and it should start to look even better as the PH ages. Nice job!

-- James -

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#7 posted 09-16-2009 03:12 AM

Charles, Great choice of woods. I like your guarante you gave your step mother. Gotta love that! Anyway, another great project!

-- John @

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#8 posted 09-16-2009 04:41 AM

Tell your mother in law that it’s cheaper to buy tickets in pairs, so I’ll make her another board and she can fly us both down! Can’t say I’d be doing much woodworking down there though, I’d be fishin! Very nice board!

-- Dale in Bellevue, NE

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#9 posted 09-21-2009 09:12 AM


It has been a while since I produced this piece but I believe I used a 3/8” roundover bit. I still had to do a little bit of sanding but that’s what I used. Good luck!

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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#10 posted 09-21-2009 12:40 PM

Great looking cutting board. I’d stay in Colorado too if I lived there. Originally from KS so I know what Colorado is like.

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

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