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Project by lumberjuniorvarsity posted 08-28-2016 09:42 PM 373 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After cutting my teeth on the Wood Whisperer’s end grain cutting board last year for Christmas, I had plans to make another board for my wife for our 6 year anniversary (the other one went to a sister-in-law for a gift exchange).

Well, our anniversary was in April. It’s now the end of August…

Fortunately I had some leftover purple heart from the first cutting board, and since my wife loves purple I used it all up on this one.

I am very pleased with how this came out, especially since I used all my own tools for this project. I have a friend with a 36” drum sander, but decided I needed to ween myself off of that. I was able to rig up a very simple router sled, which worked wonderfully. The only downside (if you can call it that) to using the router sled is that I had to take off a bit more material than I had planned, so the overall thickness of the board is 1 3/16” instead of 1 1/4”. The rails of the sled were two laminated sheets of 3/4” MDF that I had laying around. The sled is 3/4” MDF also. All I had to do was put my board on my table saw, shim it, and clamp everything down so it wouldn’t move.

Overall dimensions of the board are 11 3/4” x 17 1/2”. I was very fortunate on the width of the board. It was originally going to be 12” wide, but I had to make it a little narrower than I wanted because I didn’t have enough purple heart. That ended up being a blessing because my planer’s maximum width is 11 3/4”.

And even though I bought my Makita LM3001 (Planer Jointer Saw combo machine) about 8 months ago, this was the first project where I needed to have it really dialed in. That forced me to stop and make some adjustments, but I really enjoyed getting the machine squared away. I love that thing!

Everything was going great until I tried to restore some of the purple in the purple heart by leaving my board in the sun for a few hours. You can read about that here: http://lumberjocks.com/topics/176170

Bottom line: Don’t leave a cutting board in the sun to restore the color. Or be very careful about it. I don’t really think it did much for the color anyway.

I learned a lesson the hard way, but that also brought another first for me – using 2 part epoxy to fill cracks.

My wife wants to be able to cut on both sides of the board, so we bought a set of these:
http://www.woodcraft.com/product/158830/chobs-cutting-board-feet-4pc-red-green.aspx

They take away from the ‘finished’ look of the board, but we’re ‘function over form’ people in general, so I’m okay with it. Plus, since the board has a slight bow to it now, those feet take away any rocking/instability.

I’m keeping it simple (and cheap) with a mineral oil coat – at least for now.

Finally, and most importantly, my wife loves it and will use it!





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Sergio

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#1 posted 08-29-2016 10:24 PM

VEry nice looking board. You could consider to use Tunge oil for the next time you want to redo the finishing. The mineral oil does not dry and will go off by washing. Tunge on the other side cures and make the surface much more durable,

-- - Greetings from Brazil - --

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#2 posted 08-30-2016 01:01 PM



VEry nice looking board. You could consider to use Tunge oil for the next time you want to redo the finishing. The mineral oil does not dry and will go off by washing. Tunge on the other side cures and make the surface much more durable,

- Sergio

Thanks, Sergio! I may experiment with other finishes in the future. For this one, I wanted to keep it simple.

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#3 posted 09-02-2016 09:59 PM

Wow…this is stunning! I am a sucker for cutting boards! I love giving them for bridal showers.

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realcowtown_eric

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#4 posted 09-03-2016 03:33 AM

if it’s yer minimum anniversary, what about a 6 pack of beer in cans?

?Think that will fly?

Eric

-- Real_cowtown_eric

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lumberjuniorvarsity

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#5 posted 09-03-2016 03:40 AM

dreamlines – Thank you! I agree- there’s something about them… Especially some of the others on this site!

Eric – Ha! My wife is pregnant with twins, so I don’t think she would appreciate that… :)

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#6 posted 09-07-2016 04:20 AM

Nice job!

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