900 Piece Cutting Board

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Project by OutPutter posted 01-01-2011 05:50 AM 3491 views 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Whew, am I glad that’s over with. The board is about 12” x 14 1/2” x 1 1/2” and has over 900 pieces. I got the wood from a cabinet shop as three foot long cut offs that were headed to the dumpster. The wood appears to be some kind of South American cherry type hardwood. I had to cut them down to a uniform width and they ended up at about 1/2” x 11/32”. I glued all the boards together with the help of my wife. Then I ran them through the planer for consistent width again. Then they sat on the workbench for about six months (curing time (that’s my story and I’m sticking to it)). I finally decided some time around September that I would finish it for my wife’s Christmas gift. So, I enlisted gluing help from my daughter. She loved the spreading and the squeezing so we had to rotate duties. After that came the sanding. Addie (daughter) loves to sand too. She sanded for three days and we just barely got the salad bowl finish on in time for Christmas day. The wife loved it and used it to cut some food the other day before I got pictures. That was fine by her since she shares my daughter’s love of sanding. She spent two days sanding that board to 100 grit. More salad bowl finish and then these pictures. Whew!

-- Jim

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#1 posted 01-01-2011 06:26 AM

Wow! 900 Pieces That is awesome! great work!

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#2 posted 01-01-2011 07:55 AM

This is a nice looking board – good to hear it will get used. Thanks for sharing.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#3 posted 01-01-2011 08:00 AM

That is a great board. Also glad to hear that you believe in “curing” the wood as long as possible.
Happy New Years.

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#4 posted 01-01-2011 09:05 AM

900 pieces?! You are a patient man! Good looking board!

-- You have not really lived until you do something for someone who can never repay you.

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#5 posted 01-01-2011 09:11 AM

WOW, absolutely stunning! Bravo :)

-- Dale, Oregon

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#6 posted 01-01-2011 11:02 AM

Looks great! I’m not sure jig saw puzzles would take any more parience :-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#7 posted 01-01-2011 01:54 PM

WOW!!! 900 Pieces. I can’t imangine all that glueing. Anyway beautiful work.

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

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#8 posted 01-01-2011 03:00 PM

Yikes. That is so cool.
Hmmm, “My daughter’s love of sanding… ” That is a new one to me. That’s really neat.

The result is absolutely stunning.
I have a lot of projects that are ‘curing’ also.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#9 posted 01-01-2011 03:13 PM

wonderful board

and a great ‘family project’

and free wood
what a gift !

-- 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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#10 posted 01-01-2011 03:43 PM

That’s a great looking board. 900 pieces must have tested the patience.

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#11 posted 01-01-2011 03:52 PM

Thanks for the kind words folks. For the record, that should read “1000 grit” on the final sanding. Addie is nine and she just loves to sand now that I got a Porter Cable low profile sander because it hardly vibrates at all. What she really loves about it is the babbling she and I or her mother do as she sands. Babbling is what we call talking about nothing. I admit I’m not very good at it compared to her mother but it’s still a good exercise in patience for me. She also loves the smooth as glass wood at the other end of the sanding.

-- Jim

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#12 posted 01-01-2011 08:33 PM

You glued each individual block in?!? Wow, way more patience than I have.

stunning cutting board!

-- A woman's work is never done-but power tools help!

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#13 posted 01-01-2011 09:20 PM

Hey Jim, good to see your efforts paid off…

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

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#14 posted 01-01-2011 09:30 PM

WOW!! I love how the board came out.. It has inspired me to do some just as radical. Thanks for posting and keep up the great work!

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#15 posted 01-01-2011 10:46 PM

beautiful cutting board! Your wife loves sanding???? Wow, you possibly have the best wife ever!

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