Cutting board 101

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Project by JGardner23 posted 09-09-2007 03:01 AM 1865 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Yes that’s right just like many other new wood workers I made TWW end grain cutting board.

it is made from Lyptus and Hard Maple

Tung oil finish 2 coats

From this project, I learn the difference between cheap saw blades and good high end saw blades. And wow what a difference. when i first bought my table saw i knew it would not be perfect, but it was awful I could not make a strait cut due to cheap blade and fence. So i had to make a fence that didn’t try to move when i would make a cut. but shortly after that i realized that the blade that came with the table saw was the bigger problem

it was so dull that it was pushing the wood against the fence to hard and causing it to shift.

so tuning my table saw was fun.

I also learn the really short drying time for yellow glue. i had to scrape a massive amount of dry glue from a few of the pieces Also Fun..

ah and sanding. oh man i hand sanded the whole surface of both sides. i did not owe a orbital sander or a block sander at the time. this was sanded 100 to 320 by hand with a wood block. yeah took me two nights of sanding for like 3 hours each night.

well that’s pretty much it.
This was made about 5 months ago and was my second piece.

-- Jason, Wood Working Has Taken Over My Life. And I Love It.

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#1 posted 09-09-2007 03:54 AM

Great board. A nice implementation of the TWW design.

-- 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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#2 posted 09-09-2007 03:59 AM

Well done.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#3 posted 09-09-2007 04:41 AM

looks very nice.

-- bryano

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Eric Diehl

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#4 posted 09-09-2007 05:23 AM

that board looks to nice to cut on!


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Thos. Angle

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#5 posted 09-09-2007 06:09 AM

Well done, young man!!

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#6 posted 09-09-2007 06:20 AM

Jason, I wish that I had your age – I have your enthusiasm, AND 37 more years. Ah, but to be in my prime again and have the tools I’ve been lucky enough to gather (notice I said tools, not knowledge – I’m still trying to figure it all out). Anyway, I still have quite a few years to enjoy.

Jason, you are off to a good start – You have already learned a valuable lesson – each project teaches you something new and ultimately improves your skills. Keep building and learning – it is fun!

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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Dan'um Style

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#7 posted 09-09-2007 07:55 AM

You did a really nice job on this project. The pattern has almost has an optical illusion type effect.

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

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#8 posted 09-09-2007 11:33 AM

bravo. I haven’t attempted a cutting board yet… hope to, one day.

Dan, I saw that too – I thought there was a ripple going down the middle when I first looked at it.. Very cool

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#9 posted 09-09-2007 03:15 PM

Real nice cutting board!

Just think of all the great exercise you got sanding that thing. Some guys have to lift weights to get that much exercise. You’ll be able to eat an extra doughnut now ;^D

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#10 posted 09-09-2007 04:28 PM

thank you all for the comments. yeah the ripple was a nice accident.

-- Jason, Wood Working Has Taken Over My Life. And I Love It.

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