My Actual First Attempt at a Cutting Board

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Now that my wife isn’t looking over my shoulder, I can post my actual first attempt at a cutting board that will be given to her for Christmas. I had read the description of how to make an end grain cutting board in Wood Magazine and looked at a few of the boards here. I played around on Google Sketch up until I came up with a pattern that I thought I could do and looked neat. It turns out that I am not as original as I thought (shocker!) Looking at other boards on the site, I now see that this pattern is called a tight weave and is pretty common. Each square is 2 inches and the board is an 1 1/4 thick. Wood is walnut and hard rock maple. I had some issues with it bowing after it came out of the clamps, but was able to sand it flat again. finished with mineral oil. I’m pretty pleasesed with both boards.

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#1 posted 12-08-2010 01:03 AM

First board Come on Really??? Geesh…. that’s talent!! Great job!


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#2 posted 12-08-2010 01:05 AM

now you can rest easy

it came out great !

welcome to the world of boarders

now for the next one…................

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 12-08-2010 01:08 AM

nice looking cutting board, awesome job.

-- Paul

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#4 posted 12-08-2010 01:08 AM

Well done. I love that highlight through the maple

-- Cad a dheanfaimid feasta gan adhmad.......?

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Aaron McCain

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#5 posted 12-08-2010 01:57 AM

I’m pretty sure that the highlight through the maple is due to the glue not allowing equal penetration into the wood, but that would be a guess. I like it too.

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#6 posted 12-08-2010 02:04 AM

Dude! First or tenth, that was a great job. I suggest you stop now while you’re ahead.

-- "Never measure......cut as many times as necessary." - PeteMoss

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#7 posted 12-08-2010 02:04 AM

This is a great looking board.

Great job on the first try!

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#8 posted 12-08-2010 08:03 AM

Wow great design so well done.

-- Custom furniture

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#9 posted 12-08-2010 12:44 PM

This looks like it is really woven.
No critique from here, it looks totally fabulous !
Your wife is going to be thrilled : )


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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Grant Davis

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#10 posted 12-08-2010 01:48 PM

Very nice

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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#11 posted 12-08-2010 01:56 PM

Oh yeah, Great!!! (Dripping with sarcasm)... ‘cause my wife happens to catch a glimpse and wonders why she ain’t getting something like this for Christmas. And since this was your first board I can’t even use the excuse of ‘not knowing how’. You guys are causing me grief. At least somebody’s wife will be happy this year. <grin> Nice, enviable first effort!

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#12 posted 12-08-2010 02:32 PM

I second the “great first attempt” comments, very nice.


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#13 posted 12-08-2010 03:54 PM

Super looking board !!!!

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#14 posted 12-08-2010 04:29 PM

Beautiful board, especially for a first attempt. Great choice of wood.
Now I have to make one :-)
Did you create a blog, or would you part with the sketchup file?

Thanks for posting

-- Steve--

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#15 posted 12-08-2010 04:39 PM

That’s super Aaron – now I know you’re not just another pretty shoe carver!


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