Yet another cutting board - but my first

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Project by daltxguy posted 02-12-2008 01:43 AM 1996 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I know these are getting old and familiar after the Wood Whisperer made this design famous(!) but this cutting board actually started before then. It was something my partner saw at an outdoor market and I wouldn’t let her pay a lot of money for the one on display because, of course, I announced “I can make one of those for ya”.

Well, I knew I could, but I also knew that I would need some help to remember how it all went together. I roughly knew how it was done, having read how these were done some time ago but I needed some details. Wood Whisperer arrived to the rescue just in time.

So, this one should look familiar. I made this one out of Rimu ( Dacrydium Cupressinum) and Macrocarpa ( Cupressus Macrocarpa) mainly because I had it on hand and there was some contrast between the two woods.

The Macrocarpa is not the best for a cutting board as it is softer than Rimu and is also an aromatic cypress and it may impart some flavors to the items being cut on the board….however…I like the way it looks, so it’s just going to sit around and look pretty and be the model for the next one – not likely this one will be pressed into service.

I must say for those starting out woodworking, I wouldn’t recommend this as a first project. It’s very important to keep everything very accurately square and flat and gluing so many pieces becomes a challenge. Any slight imperfections from flat and square are amplified by the many cuts and many pieces in the glue up. Mine was less than perfect despite my intentional attention to detail – my table saw being ever so slightly out of square – something I’ll be sure to double-check next time. A good belt sander was called into action to pull me out of this one but I think the results are still satisfactory – and end grain finishes up to such a nice smooth finish which is pleasant to the touch.

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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Dan'um Style

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#1 posted 02-12-2008 02:35 AM

looks good. very pretty wood grains.

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#2 posted 02-12-2008 02:52 AM

I like the looks of this cutting board and the hand holds are a nice touch as well.

Thanks for sharing.

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

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#3 posted 02-12-2008 03:28 AM

Cutting boards will never never get old until everyone makes one and see how hard they are. Yours came out looking great. The wood color is great and the direction of the grain gives it a sweeping look.
This is a keeper.
I have to make one myself.
Thanks for sharing. I hope this years turkey likes it as well.

-- Dominic, Trinity, Florida...Lets be safe out there.

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#4 posted 02-12-2008 03:50 AM

Really like the grain on this one. Super job!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 02-14-2008 06:09 PM

You did an awesome job.
It is beautiful!! Lovely design you created.

And the recipient’s response??

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#6 posted 02-15-2008 12:30 AM

Thanks MsDebbie. Didn’t make this one for anyone but myself. So, it just sits on my counter looking pretty for me – and I’m quite pleased with it!

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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