Can't be bored making cutting boards!

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Project by Bob A in NJ posted 12-22-2010 05:47 PM 4230 views 7 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are my entries into the end grain Cutting Board club.

I will certainly be making many more of these for next year’s Christmas presents. A lot of fun to make!

#1 Oak, cherry and walnut. Can’t believe how easy this is to make vs. the “cool” factor. My wife flipped when she saw it. Try one. Thanks Jonathan for the plans and video.

#2 Walnut and cherry checkerboard. This is the only one I finished so far, just with mineral oil, as this is the only Christmas present for this year. My “Little Tables” are the primary 2010 presents. This one is for a cousin.

#3 Walnut, cherry, oak. Designed with CB Designer!

#4 Another pattern with CB Designer, this program is great!. Walnut, cherry and oak.

#5 Walnut, cherry and oak.

Thanks to all who inspired these, Steve, Chris and Larry.

These are my last posts of the year.

Happy Holidays!

Bob 12/22/2010

-- Bob A in NJ

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#1 posted 12-22-2010 06:03 PM

First, let me congratulate you on doing some excellent work.

Second, let me dispute your title, “Can’t be bored making cutting boards”. I do. Cutting boards usually involve a series of “Cut, glue-up, wait” cycles. I’m not a big fan of that “wait” part.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#2 posted 12-22-2010 06:55 PM

Wow these are great! The cool factor is definitely high on these cutting boards :)

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Bob A in NJ

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#3 posted 12-22-2010 07:32 PM

Rich, Agree the “wait” part is no fun but it’s a lot easier than the sanding part!

The thing I like about these projects is they are pretty fast to complete, only 2-3 hours each. Two days for the work and another few for finishing. Not bad. The result is great and I’m sure all who receive our gifts will really appreciate them.

The big projects, like furniture, sometimes takes me months. The only faster projects I know of are ‘turned items.

-- Bob A in NJ

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#4 posted 12-22-2010 07:32 PM

Look great Bob. They’ll look even better with oil or wax on them! My favorite is the 1st one…I’ll have to check out Jonathan’s plans…thanks!

-- some day I hope to have enough clamps to need a clamp cart!

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#5 posted 12-22-2010 07:40 PM

These all look real nice and I think that you have done a great job on them.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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Bob A in NJ

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#6 posted 12-22-2010 07:42 PM

Thanks guys, yes , the finish will really make the grain pop! I’m still considering using the salad bowl finish on the others.

-- Bob A in NJ

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#7 posted 12-22-2010 07:52 PM

Hi Bob,

As always, nice work.

Happy Holidays.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#8 posted 12-22-2010 08:19 PM

Nice work… keep the shop skills up!

-- Steven

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#9 posted 12-22-2010 09:14 PM

You have way too much time on your hands! This is wonderful work, that I wish I could do. Your wood is ready to go out.


-- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

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#10 posted 12-22-2010 11:40 PM

Another WooHoo.
Go Bob!
They look fantastic. The oil will be the fun part.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#11 posted 12-23-2010 02:15 AM

My favourite part is when the first dribble of oil touches the board and the colour and grain just goes bing badda bing..I never get board of boards…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#12 posted 12-23-2010 04:53 AM

What a great way to end the year!! Nice work, Bob!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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Bob A in NJ

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#13 posted 12-23-2010 04:28 PM

Steve and Larry,

I agree, the finishing is always the best part for me also. The project it done and ugh, SANDED, then finish is applied and BAM, the color jumps out. Thanks so much for your inspriration.

Mike, These are pretty fast projects. You can do these! Wait till you see a laminated Cutting Board! Coming up by end of January. (Should have over 1,000 parts)

-- Bob A in NJ

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