My First Cutting Board

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Project by Karson posted 12-22-2009 06:34 AM 2488 views 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the first cutting board that I made. It was made for my son about 8 years ago.

He is a Professional Chef and the boards that they used in the French Kitchen that he was working at had a kicker board on the front and back.

The kicker board on the front goes over the front edge of the counter top. You can push back on the board and it stays in the one place.

The kicker board on the back is to catch what it is that you are cutting up. You flip it with your knife and it goes to the back but doesn’t fall off.

The board is totally reversible. Either side could be up.

This is made from a 22” wide piece of Birdseye Maple It is 5/4 thick The back and front pieces are also Maple and are glued on.

It is finished with melted paraffin wax. I used an electric iron to melt the wax and to allow it to penetrate the wood fibers. This is what was used in the old butcher shops to protect their chopping blocks.

I’ve had to repair a few of the boards from the kitchen because they were laminated maple strips and they ran the boards through the dishwasher so they came apart quite often.

He takes a little better care of his own board.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#1 posted 12-22-2009 06:44 AM

I use a lot of herbs in our cooking and am constantly pickling up bits a pieces after a chop
This design of yours wil suit me to a “T”!

Thanks for posting Karson.


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#2 posted 12-22-2009 06:44 AM

Nice idea and it sounds really useful.

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#3 posted 12-22-2009 06:49 AM

Glad that it helps Bob. That was the purpose of this design to keep pieces on the board.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#4 posted 12-22-2009 06:54 AM

Eight years under a chef’s knife, held up pretty well and it will only get more character with age, Nice.

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#5 posted 12-22-2009 07:09 AM

WOW , one piece of 5/4 Birdseye !! Awesome board ,Karson : )

I made a similar board for a customers Mom , but she was going to be using it as a pastry board . It was only an inch thick though , but the kicker boards kept it from moving around while she rolled out the dough , etc..

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

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#6 posted 12-22-2009 10:41 AM

move over , larry ,

karson has arrived !

great idea ,

now to find that wide birdseye …...

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#7 posted 12-22-2009 12:02 PM

I like the idea of a kicker board front and back.
It looks like this board is used often and holding up well.

Merry Christmas Karson : )


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#8 posted 12-22-2009 12:07 PM

Interesting design & that Birdseye looks fantstic.

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#9 posted 12-22-2009 01:37 PM

Merry Christmas Karson ! nice work and the wax tip is the best

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#10 posted 12-22-2009 03:21 PM

a bench hook for chefs. ingenious! I also appreciate the wax tip.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#11 posted 12-22-2009 03:31 PM

Hey buddy;

Nice project. Those kickers sure make it more handy.

Birds Eye Maple? I swear some people think wood grows on trees!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#12 posted 12-22-2009 04:59 PM

Nicely done… one thing about a solid piece is perhaps it would get used versus some of the more decorative boards that might be “too nice to be used…” And, like you said, not so many pieces that might potentially part.

It’s almost like a shooting board on a workbench?

Last week I found out that my niece is still using a solid maple board I made for my sister (her mother) when I was in junior high school… something like 50 years ago… she says it is well worn but very serviceable.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#13 posted 12-22-2009 05:30 PM

Nive job Karson. I have to ditto Lee….....................Birdseye maple????

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

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#14 posted 12-22-2009 05:35 PM

Sweet, Karson!

That design is Great!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#15 posted 12-22-2009 11:13 PM

Nice solid board Karsdon that has stood the ultimate test.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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