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Well, every woodworker has to do a butcher block. I did 3 of these things as holiday gifts this year. They are made from 8/4 hard maple and mahogany. I got the basic plan from an issue of Wood magazine. This was my first attempt at hand planing, and boy are my arms tired. I used my Union #7 and my Bailey #5 to joint and flatten. I ended up succumbing to the orbital sander for the final smoothing since I’m not quite good enough with a smoothing plane yet, and I wasn’t sure about running a smoother over that end grain. I finished them with some butcher block oil that I saw at Crate & Barrel while holiday shopping.





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#1 posted 1297 days ago

These are very nice! I like the contrasting wood too.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#2 posted 1297 days ago

Since the grain was probably fairly smooth from your hand planing efforts, how much sanding did these 2-boards require? Did you have to sand up through more than one grit, or did you just use something like 220-grit and call it good?

These appear to be a good size and I like your wood selection.

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-- 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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markedwardsims

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#3 posted 1297 days ago

Thanks Jonathan! Since I used the 8/4 stock I was able to get about 15”x15” for the final size. I ended up using 220 with the orbital, then hand sanded with 400 and 600 before applying the oil.

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#4 posted 1297 days ago

In sanding that high, did you find that you got adequate penetration with the oil? I’masking because I typically stop at 220-grit so the oil will penetrate fairly well.

-- 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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markedwardsims

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#5 posted 1297 days ago

I thought the oil penetrated pretty nicely. I think I may have overkilled it a bit by applying 4 or 5 coats of oil. My thinking was that the more penetrated, the better. Honestly though, I’m pretty new to all of this so I’m still learning.

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#6 posted 1296 days ago

Oil is one of those finishes that is hard to apply too much of, especially on cutting boards. I’m sure 4-5 coats was just fine. The last board I made ended up receiving 10-applications of oil.

-- 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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markedwardsims

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#7 posted 1296 days ago

Okay, that’s good to know. Since the oil brings out the beauty of the wood, it got to be fun to apply, so that’s great to know that 10 applications is safe. Thanks!

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#8 posted 1296 days ago

Yes, 10-coats mightbeen a bit much. Any time I touched it before I shipped it to it’s new owner, it instantly leached to the surface a little tiny bit. You can also lightly heat the oil for better penetration too. You might also want to try putting some beeswax into the coat or two… it makes for a really nice feel to the board.

-- 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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degoose

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#9 posted 1278 days ago

Nicely done..

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#10 posted 1014 days ago

Very nice …they look heavy duty : )

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markedwardsims

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#11 posted 1014 days ago

Thanks Dusty! Those things are pretty solid indeed.

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#12 posted 1014 days ago

Did you put feet under them , or are they usable on both sides ?

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markedwardsims

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#13 posted 1014 days ago

My dad ended up putting rubber feet on the one I gave to them. I guess technically, they are usable on both sides since I finished the top and the bottom. They might look a little funny flipped over though since I routed the round edge profile.

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#14 posted 1014 days ago

Oh I see now …..I assumed it was a full roundover and my old eyes weren’t letting me focus . LOL…thanks for the feedback : )

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

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