More Cutting Boards - Pew!

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Project by Don posted 12-21-2010 11:36 PM 1936 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The last of the Christmas gift cutting boards. These ones are made with the wood from two church pews I gloated about in a previous post here. (

Along with the wood from the pews, I added Purpleheart, Jatoba and Maple. Three coats of Mineral oil and a coat of Beeswax Salad Bowl finish and little rubber feet complete the boards.

The tented card was done up to give the proud owner some instructions on the inside while the outside proudly displays what will one day be my brand.

On the bottom of the front two boards, I attached the pew markers. The pews came from a little Catholic church near Montreal. The parents of the wife for whom I am doing the boards were married in that church and she went there as a girl.

Hope you like and as always, comments and constructive criticism are always welcomed.

-- -- Don in Ottawa,

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#1 posted 12-21-2010 11:45 PM


-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#2 posted 12-22-2010 12:18 AM

Hello Don
Niice looking cutting boards. I too just finished my first attempt at edge grain cutting boards. Everything went as expected until I applied walnut oil and the wood absorbed a lot of it and it is a little darker than I wanted it to be. My question, how do you like the salad bowl oil and mineral oill finish and do you know if it really darkens the wood like walnut oil? Would you do anything different next time when finishing?

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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#3 posted 12-22-2010 12:45 AM

Hey Richard….

This is only my second set of boards so I will defer the technical questions to the masters when (if) they come on board. (no pun intended)

The mineral oil doesn’t darken the wood any more than wiping it down using Mineral spirits to get the dust off and the Beeswax will only protect and shine. I haven’t used Wanlut oil yet so I can’t comment. The Mineral Oil does soak through quite a bit but I think this is a good thing.

I like this technique of finishing so I don’t think anything is going to change yet…..

-- -- Don in Ottawa,

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#4 posted 12-22-2010 01:00 AM

Thanks Don
I think I will try your technique next time.

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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#5 posted 12-22-2010 01:02 AM

I have not tried walnut oil and as a business owner I have to be aware of allergies… especially to nuts… I do however use mineral oil and find it excellent… I also found that I do not have glue creep on the joins…
Hope this is of help..

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#6 posted 12-22-2010 01:34 AM

Hi Don,

These are really nice cutting boards. Great workmanship.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#7 posted 12-22-2010 03:13 AM

Great boards once again !!
I am one of those ppl that is allergic to the Walnut oil and i have had great success with the Mineral Oil so that’s what I’m sticking with , although for some projects , I want to try one of the salad bowl finishes that are out there.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#8 posted 12-22-2010 03:22 AM

I like the church pew marker attachment idea to the bottom… instant history there and a reminder of where the wood is from.

Very nice boards Don! I think the first one is my favorite.

I have only used mineral oil and SBF on the boards I’ve made, along with a mineral oil/beeswax blend as the last couple of finish coats on the mineral oil boards. I will personally stay away from the walnut oil because of the potential allergy issue.

-- 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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#9 posted 12-22-2010 03:50 AM


Really sweet looking boards. It’s so cool how we can get a pile of lumber, add “our value” to it and becomes a family heirloom. Love the feet, marker and card ideas.

I’ve just completed my 1st five boards and will be posting them soon.

-- Bob A in NJ

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#10 posted 12-22-2010 08:44 AM

Really nice looking wood composition.

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#11 posted 12-22-2010 12:04 PM

Great work, I like the fact that you were able to use the Pew markers as a reminder of an important event.

-- David, Mesa Arizona

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