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First Three Cutting Boards Ever

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These are the first three cutting boards that I have ever had the pleasure of making. I had a blast doing them, and in fact the two on the right have been sold. One is going to the West Coast, and one is going to the East Coast. The board on the far left was the first one that I built. With that one I attempted to hand carve the handle. It was not as successful as I had hoped but it turned out alright, and my wife is happy with it (she is the one to impress) so I am happy with it. They are all made with Red Oak and White Pine, and they are finished with Watco butcher block finish. These are just my first three projects into wood working in over 13 years, but I am starting to get my legs back so they will not be my last. I already have two more orders for cutting boards, and my wife would like a large bread board, and file box for work.

-- Pat





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#1 posted 03-14-2011 01:21 AM

How did you seal the pores on the red oak? These are nice looking cutting boards. Having sold stuff must feel pretty good.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#2 posted 03-14-2011 01:30 AM

Nice! Can you explain the slit in the two boards on the right? Is it for hanging up the boards? I assume the holes are for handles, right?

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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Pat

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#3 posted 03-14-2011 01:36 AM

The slit in the two boards are for knives when working over the sink. This will help to keep the knife from getting knocked-off the board if it is set down. Along the same line the handle hole could also be used to drop vegetable shavings through to the sink. I spoke with a gentleman at a wood shop and he told me how much he loved the Watco finish as a sealer. I tried it out on a few test scraps and I couldn’t believe how well it worked into the pours of the oak and sealed them. They all have four coats of the sealer on them.

-- Pat

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Dusty56

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#4 posted 03-14-2011 03:27 AM

”...gentleman at a wood shop and he told me how much he loved the Watco finish as a sealer.”

Which Watco finish did he recommend ?

Did you tell him that you were making cutting boards from Pine and Red Oak ?

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

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Pat

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#5 posted 03-14-2011 04:27 AM

Watco Butcher Block food grade finish.

-- Pat

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#6 posted 03-14-2011 04:25 PM

Please be careful when using that stuff…the MSDS is pretty scary to read : (
Xylene is the sovent in this product .This is just a small excerpt from the MSDS:
Xylene is an organic substance that is toxic to blood, nervous system, kidney and liver. Xylene is flammable liquid with flash point 25oC (closed cup). It can be explosive in the form of vapor when it is exposed to open flame, spark or heat.

Sorry that I forgot to mention how nice your boards look and congrats on selling them : )

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

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#7 posted 03-14-2011 08:41 PM

Pat, welcome to LJ. Listen to Dusty as he is a WEALTH of knowledge and experience and won’t steer you wrong. Nice touch on the holes and handle. I really like the change up you did with the cross grain pattern. The LVDT Club is always looking for new members.

Jim

-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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Dusty56

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#8 posted 03-14-2011 08:55 PM

Sorry for the typo , I meant solvent , not “sovent” LOL I knew I should have had my glasses on : )

WoodArtbyJR
Thanks for your comment : ) I appreciate your opinion !

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Pat

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#9 posted 03-14-2011 10:05 PM

No problem, and thanks for all the advice. I am currently looking for a local supplier of beeswax.

-- Pat

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#10 posted 03-14-2011 10:23 PM

And I just found a local store that produces their own beeswax, that just happens to be in the town where I grew up!

-- Pat

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Dusty56

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#11 posted 03-14-2011 10:28 PM

None of my local bee keepers want to sell their wax , So I must pay too much at the hardware stores for it : (
Crazy , ay ?

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

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#12 posted 03-14-2011 11:19 PM

Pat & Len, I found my beeswax at a show that fellow LJ MrEdd & I did last fall. I bought a lb (@ $10 a lb). It was unpurified so it smells like honey. I bought a cheap pan & lid from Goodwill and use it just for my mineral oil $ beeswax. I heat it up, add about 30% beeswax to the mineral oil and apply it hot. I have seen where some folks heat their mineral oil when applying it. I would guess it changes the viscosity of the oil so it might seep easier into the woods pores.

Jim

-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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#13 posted 03-15-2011 12:02 AM

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#14 posted 03-15-2011 02:17 AM

Yeah, I stopped by a place on my way home from work called all about bees and picked up a one pound block of un-purified beeswax for the same price. My wife and I make candles as gifts from time to time and have double boiler that I plan on using to heat the beeswax and mineral oil.

-- Pat

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#15 posted 03-15-2011 05:38 AM

WAJR , thanks for the tip and a good price to bargain with….I’m going to try again in the Spring : )

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

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