Cutting Boards.... Long Over Due.

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Project by Chris posted 1052 days ago 1707 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first attempt at end grain cutting boards. I made 9 in the first batch out of Hard Maple and Black Walnut finished with thinned salad bowl finish from General Finishes. They are still raw in these pictures; no finish. I then made a few from Hard Maple and Purple Heart which where finished with Mineral Oil. I used a 1/4” round over bit to ease all of the edges and a dishing bit for the hand holds.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#1 posted 1052 days ago

Beautiful cutting board.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#2 posted 1052 days ago

I was pretty happy with the results. But, I will admit that the Walnut gave me far fewer problems than the Purple Heart. I had never used PH before and found it tends to chip and splinter pretty easily.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#3 posted 1052 days ago

They all turned out very nice. Walnut is a nice wood to work with. I like the combination of walnut and maple.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#4 posted 1052 days ago

busy person and all nice looking….

-- "older I get, the more fun I have"

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#5 posted 1052 days ago

Very nice! Sanding must have been a major pain.

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#6 posted 1052 days ago

It would be nice to see one with finish on it….good designs : )

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

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#7 posted 1051 days ago

Nicely done. When I use purpleheart in a CB, I round over the edges before sanding and or putting into the planer. It stops the wood from splintering.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#8 posted 1051 days ago

Chris, these are some nice looking cutters. It looks like you have gone into full production. The thing that I like about making cutters is that, with changes in wood and/or patterns, the design possibilities are almost endless.

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

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#9 posted 1051 days ago

Wow. I’ve seen a lot of great cutting boards posted on this site.
Some nicer than others but this is the first time i have seen 9 in one post.
They are all fantastic. Nice work.

-- Anthony

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#10 posted 1051 days ago

Sorry Dusty no finished pictures where taken; I got into doing the finish and sending them out the door then forgot to take the final pictures. :(

I will say the mineral oil is the easiest but the salad bowl finish was the prettiest. I am planning on making a larger one for my wife soon (she still doesn’t have one) and I promise to take pictures at all stages.

This experience definitely taught me the value of not rushing through the project. I had to learn to carefully plan each stage of the milling process then move on to the next. If I didn’t I would get segments that would not line up properly and that was due to bad milling on my part.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#12 posted 1051 days ago


Nice work. The salad bowl finsh is a nicer lookig finish for sure. 50% mineral spirits and 50% salad bowl finish. A few coats with sanding between them.

Then add 50% mineral oil mixed with 50% bees wax, heated together, then wait till it’s cooled into a paste wax. These bad boys will sparkle.

Welcome to the addiction.

-- Bob A in NJ

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