First cutting board

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Project by adaughhetee posted 11-25-2011 09:59 PM 1435 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first attempt at a cutting board as a house warming gift for my sister. Made from black walnut and oak. 12”x18” Simple face grain glue-up just got a 12” Grizzly drum sander so next attempt will be end-grain.

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#1 posted 11-25-2011 10:27 PM

Good looking board, especially the walnut, not to mention it being your first board. I’d personally stay away from oak on your future end grain board. What did you finish this board with?

-- 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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#2 posted 11-25-2011 10:54 PM

Nice first effort… look forward to you entrance into endgrain…

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#3 posted 11-25-2011 11:05 PM

You did a good job on this CB. Your sister will love this gift. Can’t wait for future projects from you.

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#4 posted 11-26-2011 03:50 AM

Looks very nice. Good work

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#5 posted 11-26-2011 05:50 AM

Jonathan, I just used wal-mart mineral oil. I brushed it heavy and let it soak for a day keeping it wet. FYI the third picture was with it wetted with mineral oil that’s the reason for the extreme glossiness. Why the concern for oak with end-grain? Tear-out? Thanks to everyone for the comments, Adam

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#6 posted 11-27-2011 03:11 AM

Thats really nice, I like the wood combinations.

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#7 posted 11-27-2011 03:13 AM

I do have a question and not sure if i can do it here or not. But how much clamping pressure should be applied make glueing a cutting board?

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#8 posted 11-27-2011 05:04 AM

I’m not sure of the “correct” answer but, I clamped it fairly tight to ensure there were not any gaps between. If you clamp too tight it will try arch up and not stay level.

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