Cutting Board

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Project by michaeljohn posted 02-22-2011 08:57 PM 1849 views 5 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Cutting boards I made for clients. Maple, Walnut, and Cherry.
Very Heavy. Dark line in larger board was too deep to sand out so just left it there for character.
Couple of you asked how I got such good glue ups. After gluing entire board I take it to a Time Saver Sander and it is taken from 80 grit to 120 grit. Then I take a vibrator sander to 180 grit. Has a mirror finish feel when completed.
Finished with a Mineral oil wipe down.
My wife has used one of these boards for years and yes, she does use soap on it. But the trick is as soon as you rinse it give it a quick dry down with a dish towel. Do NOT set to drain.

-- Mike, Aptos, Calif.

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#1 posted 02-22-2011 09:01 PM

These look really nice Mike. Great wood combos and nice tight joints. Leave all grain imperfections right where you find them. Sanding them is a losing man’s game.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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#2 posted 02-22-2011 09:11 PM

Nice work!!

-- Always remember you're unique, just like everyone else

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#3 posted 02-22-2011 09:26 PM

Very nice Mike, crisp, clean looking boards.

I’ve come across a few of those mysterious lines in a couple of my boards as well.

You’re right, they add character!

-- -- Don in Ottawa,

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#4 posted 02-22-2011 09:38 PM

Look Great!

-- Pat

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#5 posted 02-22-2011 09:49 PM

What can I do with my wife’s cutting board that has started to split between the wood sections. I do not want to do something that will prevent it from being safe to use.


-- SharpshooterErnie

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#6 posted 02-22-2011 09:57 PM

Great contrast in the woods and great looking boards!

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#7 posted 02-22-2011 09:58 PM

Swell pattern.. I intend making something similar..

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#8 posted 02-22-2011 10:11 PM

Nice work on all steps, cutting , glue up and finishing.

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#9 posted 02-22-2011 11:11 PM

Looks very much like the one in WW Magazine. Very, very beautiful. Love the wood combinations.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#10 posted 02-23-2011 12:40 AM

beautiful work! ............ calling all lumberjocks. how DO you get those perfect glue ups ?

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#11 posted 02-23-2011 12:43 AM

@snowgoer – Straight edges and tight clamps. I also draw pencil lines across all my boards before gluing to aid in quicker glue-to-clamp times.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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#12 posted 02-23-2011 01:16 AM

Excellent wood choice, glue-ups, and finishing!

The pencil line trick has worked well for me too. Just do a dry placement of where all the boards will be once glued, then clamp them together with a clamp or two on the ends once you’ve got them where you want them, then draw a line down the center, or whereever it’s easily visible all the way across the surface. It’s much easier to mate up the line all the way across than it is to “eyeball” the ends, plus it’s more accurate.

-- 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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#13 posted 02-23-2011 02:51 AM

Very nice.
I want to make my first board like this one.
It’s very similar to one of the boards in a magazine I have.

-- I'm a Fungi --

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#14 posted 02-25-2011 03:33 PM

i’m curious mike how much can you sell these for?

-- Life is enjoyable especially when you borrow from people

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#15 posted 02-25-2011 04:37 PM

Thanks for all the responses to my question about my wife’s split cutting board repair.

-- SharpshooterErnie

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