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Two Cutting Boards for Christmas

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Project by DaveTPilot posted 1329 days ago 1478 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made these cutting boards for Christmas gifts this year. They represent a couple of design variations. The board with the knife and apple is the largest board I’ve ever made measuring 16 1/2” x 11 1/2” x 1 1/2”.

I make all of my boards 1 1/2” thick now. I feel that it gives the boards a more “butcher block” feel and the boards maintain their flatness better than the thinner boards.

The boards were finished with 3 coats of thinned salad bowl finish. The first two coats are applied liberally, allowing the finish to penetrate through the boards until it seeps out the bottom. This seals the board from the inside out, something that can’t be achieved with mineral oil alone. I sanded with 220 in between coats to avoid a finish build up. The last coat is applied very thin and then sanded with #000 steel wool. I then rinse the boards with water, dry them, apply a thin coat of mineral oil and buff them with a clean dish towel to a nice sheen.

My boards stand up very well to daily use. (My wife is an excellent chef and loves these boards.) I quick application of mineral oil every so often keeps the board looking great.

Materials:
Purple Heart
Hard Maple
Titebond II
General Finishes Salad Bowl Finish

-- How valuable is time to a person who spends his disparaging the beliefs of others? --David Berthelette www.pilotwoodworks.com





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Kate

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#1 posted 1329 days ago

Nice looking boards. They will be appreciated I’m sure.

-- Kate, http://www.wooden-box-maker.com

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Maveric777

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#2 posted 1329 days ago

Those are some fine looking cutting boards. Well done!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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degoose

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#3 posted 1329 days ago

A real nice set of boards.

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jayman7

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#4 posted 1329 days ago

I definitely use salad bowl finish instead of mineral oil in my boards too!

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Jonathan

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#5 posted 1328 days ago

So you alternated 4/4 and 8/4 stock, yes? I like the look you’ve achieved with that.

Hadn’t thought about applying a coat of mineral oil over the SBF topcoat before.

I also used SBF (thinned) for my first end grain board and now, like you, I simply maintain it with a bit of mineral oil every now and then when the board looks thirsty. Once in a great while, I also apply a coat of a beeswax/mineral oil combination to it, but mostly it just gets a bit of mineral oil when the wood has lost a bit of it’s deeper, vibrant color (looks dry).

The last end grain board that I just completed was only about 1” thick, by request, but in general, I agree that thicker is better, especially if it’s going to see regular and hard use, like yours probably do. I think I’m going to make my next one closer to 2” and see how it does.

Any handles or feet/pads on these two boards?

-- 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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Ken90712

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#6 posted 1328 days ago

Great boards you have made here.You mentioned you used Tite Bond 2 are you concearned with wiping it down and ther glue not being water proof? I have always used Tite Bond 3 is why I ask. I started putting rubber feet on mine to keep the bottom of the board of the counter and from moving at all.

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Nice work.

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

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DaveTPilot

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#7 posted 1328 days ago

Thank you for the comments. They are always greatly appreciated.

@ Johnathan: I used all 8/4 stock. Varying the widths gives you different patterns. There is a great freeware program for designing these board on this site. Click here http://lumberjocks.com/projects/11372

I did cut hand holds on the bottoms using a template I made out of 3/4” MDF and my router but haven’t used feet yet. I have considered using them, however.

@ken90712: I just looked at some of your projects…very nice work! I decided to make the candle holder for a few gifts as well. I was in need of an idea. Thank you!

I have not had a problem with Titebond 2. It is water resistant and as long as you don’t soak the board in water, which should never be done, the glue holds up nicely. I will be switching to Titebond 3 after all of my 2 is used up though. It’s only a little more expensive but I want it for the extended open time. It gets pretty hot in my Florida wood shop and sometimes it’s a bit of a race using Titebond 2. I have also seen people use Gorilla Glue, (polyurethane). Long open time, extremely strong and completely water proof. I might give that a go on my next board. Gorilla Glue squeeze out is very easy to scrape as well.

Where do you get the feet you use?

-- How valuable is time to a person who spends his disparaging the beliefs of others? --David Berthelette www.pilotwoodworks.com

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Jonathan

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#8 posted 1327 days ago

Some big box stores have the feet. You can also get them at Rockler. The feet I just used, I got at Ace Hardware:
http://www.acehardware.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3678399&kw=5425277&origkw=5425277&searchId=50091012194

I like the idea of the feet, as it gives you the option of adding handles if you use the taller feet (my first board didn’t have them, but the feet allowed for enough room to slip your fingers under the board to pick it up), and more importantly because the feet allow air circulation while the board is drying, rather than having to try and stand it on-edge.

Yes, the freeware is a great little tool to play around with, I agree.

-- 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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Ken90712

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#9 posted 1327 days ago

As Jonathan mentioned I get them at HD and or Ganahl’s. Ganahl’s has black ones which I like for some boards and HD only had white. They seem to be cheaper at those stores rather than Rockler or Woodcraft. Being I have made over 40 some boards it save me in the long run.

I think you will like TB-3. I never got use to gorilla glue expanding might have to try it again.

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

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