First Cutting Boards

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Here the two of the first cutting boards that I have done. Learned a lot of lessons with these. Can’t wait to get started on the next set. These are gifts for my Mom and Grandma, however, the wife has told me that she is next on the list of getting one.

Woods were Maple and Padauk. Finished with 8 coats of Butcher-block Oil, Dimensions are 12” x 11” going to put rubber feet on the bottom.

Lessons Learned:

Don’t over glue
Scrape the excess clue before it dries completely
Don’t use a card table for assembly and glue up!

I think I will biscuit join the next ones together after I build myself a nice flat and large assembly table. I had an issue with the boards staying aligned when I clamped them together, so I had a lot of sanding to get them all level. Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 12-15-2010 04:24 PM

Nice colors. They look real good and will sure make your mom and grandmom proud. They most likely would show up a bit better in a picture sitting atop a black back drop.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#2 posted 12-15-2010 04:34 PM

Looks great!! You will have a couple of happy ladies.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#3 posted 12-15-2010 06:48 PM

WooHoo. Welcome to the club. That padauk is no fun to sand, the dust gets everywhere.

Couple of tips:
I’m not sure that the biscuits will help all that much. Just pay a lot of attention to the glue-up. You don’t have to clamp that hard if the joints fit well. Over clamping can cause it to bow. And yes, a flat surface :)

I think there will always be a lot of sanding. A router sled with rails can flatten a board without that much work, and ease the sanding by a whole bunch. It will really help when you do endgrain boards.

Wax paper is cheap and works well. It soaks up some glue, so check it after 10 minutes, and remove it. Also a good time to putty knife (or wet sponge) off the semi hard glue. Then you can put it back in the clamps.

I use a sponge roller for glue application. I can not say enough about how well it works. Fast, not hectic, and consistent. JoeWoodWorker sells them.

Anyway, those look really fine. The Gals will love ‘em.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#4 posted 12-15-2010 07:04 PM

I agree with SPalm… Using an applicator for the glue can save LOTS of time and stress with the flattening and sanding of the boards.

Use just enough glue to evenly coat the edges, then clamp it snugly. The jointer is your friend. If your edges are flat and smooth, it will take minimal pressure from the clamps to get a nice glue joint. Wipe/scrape off the excess glue after 15 mins and you’re set.

Your boards should come out pretty flat and require less sanding.

If those are your first boards, then you are miles ahead of many first timers! Have fun!

-- Eric, Seattle Washington - Sawdust Maker

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#5 posted 12-15-2010 08:09 PM


Nice boards! If you really want to keep the boards aligned make yourself a set of cauls – quick to make, inexpensive and really help you keep pieces perfectly flat you do glue-ups!

Here’s a link to the ones I made a while ago:

Good job on your first effort – you have a lot of work topping those for you second attempt! ;-)


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#6 posted 01-25-2011 06:03 AM

Good surfaces to glue on: granite or formica type surface. use cellophane tape on the cauls if you use them.

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