My first cutting board

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This is my first attempt at a cutting board. I am pretty happy with how it turned out considering how it was made. I don’t have a miter sled for my table saw so I clamped a long board to a miter gauge and used that. Two problems that I was hoping I could get some ideas for… First is that due to grains in several directions I was never able to remove all the scratches (don’t own a random orbital sander). Second is the board is not perfectly flat (maybe uncontrolled belt sanding?). Quick background on me…I am a framing carpenter getting into woodwork with framing and trim carpentry tools. Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 10-22-2010 01:29 AM

I think that it looks really good.

-- RJ

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#2 posted 10-22-2010 01:32 AM

Hi Firefighter,
Welcome to LJ. Got a beautifully designed board.

Two things that I like to point out

... The flatness must have been affected by the wood movement due you have cut and join along the grain. You can see that most boards are cut and joined endgrain on top.
... Instead of sanding machine… you can use sandpapers (pasted or glued on a flank of straight wood) or handplanes (at traversing movement) and avoiding tearout. Try this…. I put cooking oil during handplaning.. just dont let you wife knew… LOL

Hope this tips would improve your skills. Keep up the good work.

-- Bert

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#3 posted 10-22-2010 01:36 AM

Welcome to LJ. Very nice. The trick I use in sanding is a drum sander. Takes out the imperfections in a heart beat. Sand down to about 220 using the drum sander then switch over to the orbital to take out the cross marks/scratches left by the drum sander. You will end up with a baby butt smooth surface. Go to this link and watch the video on sealing the board. I have changed to this method (mineral oil with bees wax). I do love your design.


-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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#4 posted 10-22-2010 01:57 AM

Nice first attempt, especially given the tools. I got into woodworking from the same background and have slowly built up the ‘woodworking’ tools. Making a sled takes a few hours. Lotys of good ideas on this site. I use a miter fence that came with my Craftsman Hybrid saw. I use a few clamps and a stop block. It works. to do that same design. It gets a little iffy at the end of the cuts. I use double sided tape to help secure the last few pieces for the cuts. Someday an Incra Jig!!! I have a drum sander, but I have used a 3×21 belt sander. it takes a lot of work and it’s hard to get real smooth. Bert’s idea of using a flat surface and sandpaper would work if you are patient and want to work on building muscle. I have a piece of marble that i use like that to flatten box bottoms and tops of the sides. I have also used a 6×48 belt sander. As far as scratches, take the board out into bright light and check how it looks. then back to sanding. I use a speed block. I have an orbital sander, but don’t really like them. I hand sand after 180. Welcome to Lumberjocks. I look forward to more posts.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#5 posted 10-22-2010 02:09 AM

if you are indeed a framer

and this is your ”First” attempt

it’s outstanding

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#6 posted 10-22-2010 02:19 AM

Nice for a first go… I cut my first angle on a mitre guide and then just cross cut down the rip fence for all the subsequent cuts…
Keep up the good work…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#7 posted 10-22-2010 02:39 AM

Good looking cutting board. Very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#8 posted 10-22-2010 06:20 AM

Oh, Great,now you post this!

Mimi is going to have me make one of these to match the herringbone trays I am trying to get finished before Christmas.

Beautiful Cutting Board!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#9 posted 10-22-2010 08:27 AM

Welcome to Lj’s.
Great looking board especially for your first.
I have yet to attempt one but I am sure that if I did, it wouldn’t look like this!! :-)

-- Theresa,

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#10 posted 10-22-2010 01:27 PM

Firefighter, let me welcome to cutting board club. :) This is a nice looking board that was a satisfying challenge to build, I am sure. For a first attempt this is an outstanding effort, in my opinion.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#11 posted 10-22-2010 01:30 PM

That’s a very nice cutting board.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#12 posted 10-22-2010 02:59 PM

Cool board

-- Dreaming patterns

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#13 posted 10-22-2010 06:08 PM

Thanks for all the great comments. I was shocked how quickly i got 13 emails! I have a set of living room furniture that I intend to finish this afternoon and can’t wait to post. Thanks again.

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#14 posted 10-22-2010 06:11 PM

Wow amazing first board.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#15 posted 10-22-2010 06:14 PM

Nice first board!
Stand up and walk away…While you still can.
These are so addicting.
You will go many tips from others and you wont try them all at once.
This will force you in to another and then another and then you will be trying something completely off the wall. And it will be beautiful as well. Before to long these crazy boards will be hogging up all of your time.

Walk away while you still can!!

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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