My first cutting board

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Project by danr78 posted 07-02-2010 07:49 PM 1754 views 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first attempt at a cutting board. My wife has been hinting for a while so I decided to surprise her. It was surprisingly easy and fast (but don’t tell her that). I think my next one will be an end-grain board.
From left to right, it is cherry, maple, bloodwood, cherry, bloodwood, maple, cherry. I sanded to 220, and then used 3 coats of mineral oil.
Super simple for those of you looking for a fast project.
Thanks for looking,

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#1 posted 07-02-2010 08:02 PM

Nice board, Dan. What sort of size are we talking about here?

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#2 posted 07-02-2010 08:13 PM

Dan, nice board that I’m sure she is, or will be thrilled to have at her disposal.

I have not included bloodwood into a cutting board yet. I’d think it would be better suited to the outside edges, where there is minimal knife contact since it is such a hard wood, at least twice as hard as most typical species used for cutting boards (2900 Janka Hardness).

I’m also curious about dimensions?

Did you round the edges over by hand, or with a very small roundover bit?

-- 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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#3 posted 07-02-2010 08:18 PM

Nice Board, Fun to build !!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#4 posted 07-02-2010 08:29 PM

Dan your cutting board doesn’t look like a first attempt, it came out perfect and I am sure your wife thinks so too.

Thanks for sharing.

-- When you know better you do better.

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#5 posted 07-02-2010 09:23 PM

A very nice looking cutting board Dan. I’ll bet you scored some brownie points with the Misses for this one!

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#6 posted 07-02-2010 10:12 PM

OH OH now you have done it…. you’re a fully paid up member of the Board Makers Club… now you will be busy making boards..You won’t be able to stop ….they are totally addictive.. even more than Lumberjocks itself…

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#7 posted 07-02-2010 10:18 PM

As Degoose stated the board mister himself, your done! The secret handshake will be sent to you. Endgrain boards will take more time but the will last longer and be easier on your knifes. Nice work , when you do the endgrain board there’s a lot of help on here with nice tricks. Congrats!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#8 posted 07-02-2010 10:33 PM

Excellent! Very good for your first time out. Looking forward to seeing more.

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#9 posted 07-02-2010 10:40 PM

Looks great!

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#10 posted 07-03-2010 01:04 AM

Sweet first board !! Nice combination of woods…I’ve got some Bloodwood , but I’m hesitant about cutting it up for cutting boards….You might have pushed me over the edge here : ) LOL

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#11 posted 07-03-2010 01:29 AM

holy smokes, i’m in the presence of greatness…...degoose, i’ve been a fan of your work for a long time.

thanks everyone for your very kind comments. speaking of addicting, my next board is in the clamps as we speak. we are going to the lake cabin for the weekend, and for the first time ever I would rather stay home and work, lol. I can’t wait to get back and finish up the next board. Check back on monday:)

The board is small, it is about 9.5 by 16 inches. I used an eigth inch roundover bit and then finished it up by hand.

My wife and I have a couple boards like this that we’ve picked up at craft fairs (gotta support each other, right?). Mostly we use them as serving trays for cheese and crackers, or whatever; it won’t be used as an actual “cutting” board. my wife wants me to make small ones about 5 or 6 inch squares, probably 3/8’s of an inch thick for people to use as hors d’oeuvre plates.

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#12 posted 07-03-2010 02:22 AM

That is a really sweet board. The wood selection is supreme. Sometimes you hit one out of the park.

That small roundover looks nice, gotta remember that one,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#13 posted 07-03-2010 03:16 AM

Nice choice of woods the colors are beautiful together with that said welcome ABOARD your in the loop of cutting board heaven…Blkcherry

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#14 posted 07-03-2010 04:22 PM

Very nice. And it won’t be your last. Mouhahahaha.

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#15 posted 07-04-2010 04:27 AM

Good Job Dave, wont say anything to your wife either!!!!!!!!!!

-- Gary, Little River,SC I've Learned that the Lord didn't do it all in one day and neither can I

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