Maple & Cherry Cutting Boards

  • Advertise with us
Project by Will Stokes posted 12-15-2009 04:43 AM 3279 views 11 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another three Christmas presents just completed. Glued up with Titebond II, flooded for 24 hours in mineral oil, then finished off with a bees wax mineral oil finish. A couple summers ago I picked up a nice cutting board with this type of design at a craft fair. It looked like it would be fun to make and now that I finally have a table saw I set out to make a few as Christmas gifts using scrap leftover from making my bed years ago and cutoffs and boards I didn’t think were good enough for the coffee table I’m currently working on.

I definitely learned a lot while working on this project! I need to work some more on my planer setup to avoid snipe. I also learned that the slower I go when making cuts with my table so I can virtually avoid tear-out all together and thus just kiss the surface with the planer after doing a glue up (and thus reduce the risk of chipping!). I also found I was able to get smoother and smoother bevels on the edges by going slower with the router, just not so slow to cause burning of course. The simple thin ripping jig I built recently was wonderful to use and allowed me to make consistent thin rips very quickly. I’m looking forward to building a “super sled” to make cutting miters a bit easier and safer in the future. Anyways, thanks for looking.

11 comments so far

View Dustmite97's profile


439 posts in 3242 days

#1 posted 12-15-2009 04:46 AM

Those are beautiful cutting boards, well done!

View sras's profile


4805 posts in 3151 days

#2 posted 12-15-2009 04:47 AM

They loook great! The new owners should be very happy!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

View Broglea's profile


685 posts in 3112 days

#3 posted 12-15-2009 05:41 AM

Good looking boards. How do you like the Sawstop TS?

View Dusty56's profile


11819 posts in 3710 days

#4 posted 12-15-2009 05:44 AM

Thank you for posting these and the photos are excellent as well…I’ve been wanting to make some boards like these for a long time now and your pictures really helped me to understand the process . Thank you so much : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

View ellen35's profile


2738 posts in 3454 days

#5 posted 12-15-2009 01:29 PM

Great boards! Every time I make these, they are the first chosen or first sold (give away vs sell).
Non-woodworkers think we glue every individual piece together!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

View Will Stokes's profile

Will Stokes

267 posts in 3376 days

#6 posted 12-15-2009 04:29 PM

Thanks to all for the kind words. :-)

@Broglea: I wondered if anyone would comment on my Sawstop. I only just got it a couple weeks ago but I love it. I bought it for the safety feature, but it really is a well built piece of equipment. I didn’t feel like I could spring for the professional or cabinet saw, so instead I just went for the contractors saw and added on a slew of extras (mobile base, 36” T-glide fence, cast iron wings). I managed to trip the breaker pushing some 4/4 maple through a little too quickly while approaching a knot in the wood. That was just dumb because as I mentioned above if I feed a bit slower I can get a much much cleaner cut. I eventually may rewire it to 240 once I actually get such a plug in my basement shop.

@Dusty56: To be honest when making the strips using the thin ripping jig it was a little awkward in the beginning. Once I got down to half the width it worked much better. I’m looking forward to using a super sled for that type of cut in the future since it will allow me to do it in a more controlled fashion and get tighter glue ups in the end.

@ellen35: I’m planning on not letting on to people how I actually did it. Instead I’ll just tell them “It was a lot of glue ups!” I mean it was, just not nearly as many as they might think. :-)

View McLeanVA's profile


491 posts in 3456 days

#7 posted 12-15-2009 09:00 PM

They turned out really well. I love the difference in grain between each section.

Thank you for posting the photos that show the cutting process. This is extremely helpful. I always wondered how to cut larger segments at once. I guess (in my head) I assumed that each individual piece was mitered and glued together. I’m excited to try this technique now. Great project and nice post. Congrats on a job well done.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

View Dusty56's profile


11819 posts in 3710 days

#8 posted 12-17-2009 04:29 AM

I forgot to ask you what is the length of the pieces that you originally glued up and what is the final size of your project ? Thank you

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

View Will Stokes's profile

Will Stokes

267 posts in 3376 days

#9 posted 12-17-2009 03:50 PM

The larger two boards are ~15” x 8” x 7/8”. The original strips were 7/8 wide, ~36” long, and ~1” thick (barely planed since I’d clean up the 1st glue ups in later passes through the planer and I wanted the board as thick as possible given I was starting with 4×4 material). When cutting on a diagonal the rips were 1 1/4” wide. The narrower board has one fewer strip. I believe the hole I drilled was with a 3/4” bit. I can’t tell you some of these dimensions exactly since they all got wrapped up last night and I didn’t do this from plans, rather, I was basically copying another board I had purchased.

View Dusty56's profile


11819 posts in 3710 days

#10 posted 12-18-2009 01:07 AM

Thank you for the feedback …you answered my questions and now I get to practice in my “spare” time : )
Happy Holidays to you and yours !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

View moonls's profile


412 posts in 3008 days

#11 posted 04-18-2010 11:29 PM

Very nice job! I’m jealous that you have such a nice table saw. The Saw Stop has gotten great reviews!

-- Lorna, Cape Cod

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics