First Cutting Board!

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Project by Cathie Zimmerman posted 09-13-2017 05:22 AM 1221 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This was so much fun to make. It’s simple, functional and I was able to learn so much!

It’s cherry, walnut and padauk finished with mineral oil.


1) Take my time setting up. Was in a hurry ripping thinner pieces to see what it would look like and experiences a kickback. Talk about scary! Thankfully no injury other than a small bruise on my fingertip and a couple unusable strips.

2) I hate the HF trim router. Good stable tools = more reliable results. Messed up the round over pretty well because the plastic base kept slipping up resulting in deeper and unexpected cuts. Looking for suggestions…

3) I’m extremely happy I finally bought a thickness planer.

4) same goes for the jointer. Both are Ridgid tools.

5) Enjoy the finish application with reverent awe…

6) May take me forever to get a project out but I’m always happy with the results of being persistent and consistent.

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#1 posted 09-13-2017 06:40 AM

The board looks great!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#2 posted 09-13-2017 11:19 AM

Really nice job.

-- Retired and lovin it

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#3 posted 09-13-2017 04:14 PM

Totally gorgeous, Cathy!!! I would like to make one of these too. You did such a nice job. Love the different wood choices and how you chose to put the layers together. It’s PERFECT!!! high five

I also liked hearing about your issues. And you know, the time it takes to finish a project is the time it takes. I do know that it’s been hotter than Hades for you in the past couple of months (or even 3), and I’ve experienced that too. It’s just not reasonable to work in such heat.

Anyway, NICE JOB!!! You make me want to try too!

BTW, I finished the other half of my plywood pen, hooray! And a bunch more as well…pictures are up of my first 10!

-- Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new. ~ Brian Tracy

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#4 posted 09-13-2017 04:14 PM

These are beautiful boards. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 09-13-2017 04:33 PM

Glad to hear you are enjoying and learning from your experiences. For small work I like using the Dewalt DWP611. I grab it for 90% of my routing tasks. I like the ability to palm it for one handed use. The optional plunge base is nice for inlay work or hinges.

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Jim Jakosh

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#6 posted 09-13-2017 10:12 PM

Real good looking cutting board. I’m in Casa Grande in the winter. Maybe I’ll run into you some time in Phoenix!!


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 09-14-2017 04:59 AM

That is a work of art! Congratulations!

-- PaulMayer,

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Ron Smith

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#8 posted 09-14-2017 09:37 PM

Nice looking board, but be careful… I used to read, on this site, that cutting boards were addictive… I thought, nah, I can stop whenever I want…. Now I’m in a twelve step…

-- Thank God for sawdust... Ron. TX resident...

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