Cutting Board

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This was a cutting board that I made for my oldest daughters birthday. It took her months before she would even use it.

The wood in this project was Epay, Brazilian Cherry, Brazilian Walnut, Hard Maple and Myrtle Wood.

The board dimensions are 15 1/2×14 1/2

This board took me over a week to build, but it was worth it to see the smile on her face.

-- Woodreaper

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#1 posted 02-18-2012 01:41 AM

Welcome to LJs
very nice looking cutting board.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 02-18-2012 10:09 AM

That’s a nice board,but I’d be a little concerned about the way you have ‘framed’ it.
Wood tends to expand and contract across the grain, and a cutting board can see it’s fair share of moisture. There might be a chance you’ll end up with gaps between the main board and the frame.
Happened to me with the lid of a jewellery box I made for my wife last year, now I need to make a new lid.

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#3 posted 02-19-2012 06:53 PM

You are certainly right gavinzagreb. I’m very careful about the way in which I do the frames and I know the expansion of the long grain over time can cause the corners to separate, but so far in the last two years…I’ve not had one board come back to me. Maybe I’m lucky! Of course, in my daughters case; it helps that she lives in the high desert of Oregon. It’s dry over there. The other cutting boards however that I’ve sold has been on the Oregon Coast and they are still in great condition too.

I think that it’s possible from the way in which I do the gluing, but more importantly is how I do the finishing.
I first coat of Salad Bowel finish I cut in half with lacquer thinner and heat it up to over 160 degrees and then I apply it all over the board until the wood won’t take any more. I allow that to dry and then of course; apply my other coats of straight salad bowel finish. I think that the lacquer thinner added thins the finish, and the heat allows the wood to soak up more of the oils which gives the wood a good moisture content.

I could be way off base, but I think it’s the sealed in moisture that keeps the grains from expanding to much.

However, I’m very glad you brought it to my attention. It would certainly give me pause of doing any more in that way in the future.

-- Woodreaper

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#4 posted 01-17-2013 10:16 PM

What did you use for finishing (varnish?)

-- Gerry (the beginner), Gatineau, QC, Canada

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#5 posted 01-18-2013 02:34 AM

Hey Gerry,
I used General Salad Bowl Finish on this and a few other projects. General is alright, however; you can buy a “butcher block finish” at Lowe’s that is just as good as general. If you are going to do these boards; I would look at the response that I gave gavenzagreb on how I do the finish. It makes a tremendous difference in how long the finish last. Thank you for looking grenger. I very much appreciate it!
Have a great day!

-- Woodreaper

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