My First Cutting Board

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Project by tolmeda posted 1517 days ago 1229 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first cutting board and my first project post. I used hard maple and walnut that came in the paddle cutting board package from Bell Forest Products. As you can see, I didn’t follow their directions. I don’t know much about maple but I’m willing to bet they sent me the birds-eye variety. It’s absolutely beautiful.

After sanding to 220 grit, I finished it with a mineral oil/beeswax mix. Next time I’ll go a bit lighter on the wax though.

Another area for improvement: there are a couple of glue-starved spots in the joints. But, otherwise, I’m real happy that the board came out flat, square and smooth.

This was my first project with my new, old Craftsman table saw, too. I bought a circa 1965 model that seems to be in great condition. The gentleman who sold it to me was the original owner and took impeccable care of it. He gave me tons of accessories including a custom built mobile base and huge out feed extension. When I get some time, I’ll post pics of it to show off his work.

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#1 posted 1517 days ago

I think it looks beautiful. Well done.

-- Brian Meeks,

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#2 posted 1517 days ago

Wonderful piece, especially for a first time… Interesting that it came in a kit, thanks for the link!

-- Mark & Elaine, Iowa,

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#3 posted 1517 days ago

It looks like there is some bird’s eye in it. That’s what they advertised. Board looks great!!

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 1516 days ago

Your board looks better than their paddle board ! Nice job ….welcome to LJs : )

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#5 posted 1516 days ago

looks good

-- Dreaming patterns

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#6 posted 1516 days ago

Outstanding first attempt at a cutting board. Great job!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#7 posted 1516 days ago

Very nice.

For what it is worth – Bell Forest carries some incredible birsdeye maple. Birdseye maple is abundant in the upper peninsular of Michigan and that is where they are at.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#8 posted 1516 days ago

Great looking board.

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#9 posted 1516 days ago

Great job. Its hard to say which piece will outlast. The Cutting board should get plenty of use in the kitchen and the saw should get a work out in the shop.

-- ~ Guy Woodward, Pflugerville Texas

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#10 posted 1516 days ago

The trouble with a cutting board like this.. is it’s almost too nice to cut on! But you could also hang it on the wall in the kitchen!

Beautiful job!

-- Lloyd Kerry; creator of the Kerry-All Pouch,

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#11 posted 1516 days ago

A lot of people that receive really nice boards like that one, will use them as serving trays because they don’t want to cut on them. Very nicely done

-- Ralph New Hampshire,

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#12 posted 1516 days ago

To my eyes, it looks like there’s some maple burl in there too?

Whatever the maple composition is, nice cutting board!

What do you attribute the glue-starved joint to, uneven glue distribution or uneven clamping pressure?

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#13 posted 1514 days ago

Very nice! Love the look of the Maple.

-- To do is to be

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#14 posted 1512 days ago

Very nice work. I made a bunch of cutting boards a few Christmas’ back and just love your work. I am always happy to put one together, sand it down very smooth and watch the wood soak up the finish as it gets ready to be cut and hacked away on.

I usually finish mine with Mineral Oil or Salad Bowl Finish. Both work great for me.

Keep up the great work!

-- Upstate South Carolina Woodworker

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