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First Attempt at a Cutting Board

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Project by Aaron McCain posted 12-07-2010 09:10 AM 1469 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve been thinking about trying a cutting board for awhile. It seems like everybody on this website has done at least one! I don’t own a jointer or a planer, but I do have a friend with the right tools. So I spent a bit of time in his garage getting the pieces all fixed up. The wood is maple, cherry, and walnut. The picture was taken after the first coat of mineral oil. I followed the plans and instructions provided in an issue of Wood Magazine. My wife loves it, but it is going to her parents for Christmas.





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Ken90712

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#1 posted 12-07-2010 12:15 PM

Aaron, Nice work amd congrats on your first board! You have done it now, Once someone see these you’ll never be able to make enough of them. I have made over 50 boards and always like this one. Keep an eye on your grain orientation and enjoy. Congrats!

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

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Eagle1

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#2 posted 12-07-2010 01:40 PM

Nice for your first one. I couldn’t tell it was a first for you.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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Don

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#3 posted 12-07-2010 02:33 PM

At the risk of trying to up my comment count, good job Aaron!

I’ve just started my career as a professional cutting board maker and thus far, I’ve really enjoyed producing the few boards I posted. They are fairly simple to make but challenging to have it (them) come out with the WOW factor.

Lots of time to make a special one for your wife for under the tree…

One down, many to go!! :o)

-- -- Don in Ottawa, http://www.donebydon.ca

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HalDougherty

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#4 posted 12-07-2010 03:37 PM

The combination of walnut, maple and cherry is just beautiful.

-- Hal, Tennessee http://www.first285.com

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Jim Jakosh

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#5 posted 12-07-2010 03:41 PM

That is a nice cutting board. Do you have any pics of the process?
Thanks for sharing…...

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

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SPalm

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#6 posted 12-07-2010 04:23 PM

Nice. A real classic.
Be prepared for all the requests for more.

Good job,
Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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rowdy

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#7 posted 12-07-2010 04:33 PM

Have you started on another one yet? Be careful, as they are addictive (aside from the sanding involved). Anyhow, your first attempt looks fine.

-- Rowdy in Kechi, Kansas

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jockmike2

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#8 posted 12-07-2010 09:39 PM

I LOVE THIS BOARD, I TOO SAW IT IN WOOD MAG, AND THE MAG STILL IS UNDER MY WORKBENCH. YOU’VE INSPIRED ME TO GIVE IT A GO! NICE WORK.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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degoose

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#9 posted 12-07-2010 09:43 PM

This is truly a classic and I like the way you have kept the grain orientation the same and the overlapping design is certainly better than a chess boards style. Prepare for many more… I have made hundreds and can’t keep up with the demand.. or the desire to design different ones… Welcome to the club.

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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McLeanVA

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#10 posted 12-08-2010 05:23 PM

I agree with Steve. This is the first of many, so you may want to buy your friend with the tools a nice Christmas gift, cause you’re going to be seeing a lot of him in the near future.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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