Cutting Boards - 14 for Christmas

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Project by JR posted 01-05-2008 07:45 AM 1606 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made 14 of these this year! Got all the wood from one of nearby lumber yards cut-off pile back last fall. I’d stop by there once a week and there was always a mountain of it to choose from. The only way to do this efficently was to do one step (for hundreds of pieces) at a time. (Maple, Oak, Cherry, Walnut, and Koa)

To add an exotic flair to them, I used one piece of Koa (only found in Hawaii, and very valuable). I tried to capture the glimmer and sheen of it in my photographs. It’s spectacular!

I cut everything to 16” (hundreds of pieces), squared them all up, glued them up one at a time (found a great clamp that’s perfect for cutting boards), ran them through the planer, 1/8” round over bit, and sanded.

The finish I used as not mineral oil, but it was food safe: “Tried and True” Danish Finish Oil. I works a more of a sealant from moisture than mineral oil, and brings more depth and color to the figure in the wood.

-- -- JR

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#1 posted 01-05-2008 07:59 AM

Great set of boards. One more than a bakers dozen.

Good job

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#2 posted 01-05-2008 11:52 AM

I have a ukulele made of koa. I wish I had a lumber pile full of the stuff, it’s great. Your boards look good.

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#3 posted 01-05-2008 12:45 PM

I have yet to make a cutting board.. maybe some day

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#4 posted 01-05-2008 01:07 PM

Great job JR. Nice choice of colours.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#5 posted 01-05-2008 07:01 PM

Nice job JR. The cutting boards came out very nice. I bet they were much appreciated as well.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#6 posted 01-05-2008 11:29 PM

Very nice. I hope to make some cutting boards this year.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#7 posted 03-14-2008 03:56 AM

These cutting boards look awesome. May I ask what the clamp was that you mentioned was perfect for cutting boards?

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#8 posted 03-14-2008 02:18 PM

Hi JR,

I don’t know how I missed your post originally but I am glad that it came back around. These cutting boards are gorgeous and make wonderful gifts. You really had a winning situation for everyone with this one. You salvaged lumber that was basically scraps, got some quality woodworking time in, created some beautiful pieces and made at least 14 people happy with your gift.

This is about as positive a story as I have read.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#9 posted 03-17-2008 03:24 AM

The clamps I used applied pressure to all four sides at the same time. Here’s a link to Woodcraft Clamping System, but I also saw them at
Clamping System

-- -- JR

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