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My Obligatory Cutting Boards

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Project by Ben posted 02-09-2016 03:33 PM 649 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi folks,

I have been following here for a while now and am just getting into the woodworking hobby. I’m an attorney by day, so it feels great to make something with my hands after hours.

Anyway, here are some of my first projects. I made a few cutting boards as Christmas gifts this year and they were really big hits. All are made with hard maple combined with either cherry, sapele, or walnut. The finish is three or four coats of General Finishes Salad Bowl Finish diluted 50% with mineral spirits.

Thanks of course go to Marc Spagnuolo for the design for this fun project. (And please excuse the mess in my sitting room…renovation project coming up soon!)

Thanks for looking and have a great day!





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jhurrell

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#1 posted 02-09-2016 03:47 PM

They look great. Do you have a planer or did you use a router sled to flatten everything?

-- John, Rochester NY

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Ben

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#2 posted 02-09-2016 04:32 PM



They look great. Do you have a planer or did you use a router sled to flatten everything?

- jhurrell

jhurrell – I do have a planer and some of these went through it. There are actually two more of these boards that didn’t make it all the way to the finish line. One of them was just a pathetic glue up, and the other is missing a chunk after getting spit out by my planer (Makita 2012NB).

I watched some YouTube videos on the safety issues with sending end grain through the planer and decided to give it a try. My planer is brand new…I actually bought it to prep the stock for this project. The end grain really did a number on the blades and that one incident scared me away, so I don’t think I’ll be sending more end grain through the planer.

The rest of the flattening was just done with a ROS and some 80 grit paper. The sanding was 80/120/180/220 (although I’m not sure the 220 was necessary). Right now I need to build some shop storage cabinets, but a router sled is on my list of projects for the future.

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#3 posted 02-09-2016 04:56 PM

Great job, You will be making many more I’m sure

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

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#4 posted 02-11-2016 09:18 AM

Gorgeous boards, Ben, even more impressive that it’s your first foray into this niche. Keep up the good work, and yes, nothing like turning your mind over to a wood worker mindset—craftsmanship versus perfection.

-- TT

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#5 posted 02-11-2016 06:50 PM



Gorgeous boards, Ben, even more impressive that it s your first foray into this niche. Keep up the good work, and yes, nothing like turning your mind over to a wood worker mindset—craftsmanship versus perfection.

- TexasToddT

Thank you Todd!

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#6 posted 03-21-2016 02:17 AM

The boards look great. How are the sapele boards holding up? I picked up quite a bit recently and am interested to see how others’ are holding up before making a few cutting board out of them as I typically lean more toward walnut and cherry mixed with hard maple as your others are.

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#7 posted 05-26-2016 11:05 PM

Nice job! That is the one that got me involved in making so t I had to set up a booth at a local art show! Keep up the good work

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