First Cutting Board

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Project by Jeremy posted 01-03-2017 01:29 PM 657 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Over the holidays I was stalled on my bigger Coffee table project. I also happened to raid my grand father’s wood shop for is scraps ( it was a gold mine!!!). So while I was board the wife made a comment about needing a new cutting board. Needless to say, that was all the excuse I needed to head tot eh work shop.

I know the board is simple, as I was not very confident being it is my first board. I used scraps of walnut, mahogany, and very very old oak (from what my grand father said it was from my Great Grand Father’s first house in Virginia). After tinkering with the table saw a bit, I started to get comfortable cutting smaller slices (goodness I need a zero tolerance insert). The oak was fantastic to cut and I was able to get some smaller 1/4” slivers.

The glue up was easy and set up very nicely with. I did notice when planing the cutting board, I had to alternate the feed direction each pass. This significantly cleaned up the surface. The round over is a simple 1/4”. For a finish (first time for this), I used the Howard’s Mineral Oil and it is pretty strait forward. I did 4 coats of mineral oil, and then 4 more coast of the mineral oil with Bees wax. The sheen is nice and you can see it starting to build up. I still have to work on my process and wait time for this, mainly due to my inpatients, but it’s all a learning experience.

Overall, the Wife (read as Boss), was happy, but still needs a cutting board as this one is only going to be for show… So I’m off to Walmart to buy a cheap plastic cutting board.

Side note, I did make the drift wood and Copper Wire tree.

-- I enjoy getting "lost"... the only outcome is "finding" yourself.

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#1 posted 01-03-2017 05:49 PM

Sometimes being “bored” leads toa nicely made BOARD!

Very true in this case.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#2 posted 01-04-2017 02:33 PM

Very nice board Exspesaly for 1st and now u r hooked making them get addicting and yes u need the zero clearance insert then boards can fly and flip wildly trust me learned from experience on that 1.

-- greg indiana

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