Wood Whisperer cutting board

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Project by bubba1772 posted 03-09-2012 07:51 AM 4093 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m pretty sure there is a law somewhere that says all woodworkers must complete one of these cutting boards so I thought I’d better get it done! I was a fun but difficult project for me due to my current tools in the workshop. I do not have a table saw, jointer or a planer, so I had to rip 8/4 boards with my tiny 10” bandsaw with its rickety table and a piece of wood clamped to the table for a rip fence. Thankfully I work in a machine shop so whenever I needed to plane anything I took it to work and used a CNC mill to “plane” it flat with a facemill.

I am a little bit disappointed in how the colors turned out, I flooded it with mineral oil and Howards butcher block conditioner as soon as I finished and now I’m wondering if I should have waited a few days for the purpleheart to oxidize and turn purple. Now I’m wondering if it will end up turning more purple or not. I notice in these pictures it does have a dark purple tint but it must be because of the flash, in person it looks more like walnut. Also the oil turned the maple quite dark, it was a really nice almost white to start. Oh well, maybe some more time will change the colors. The leftovers that did not get any oil are now a beautiful purple color. I will get the hang of this eventually. It still works great!

-- I work with metal for money, and wood for fun...

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#1 posted 03-09-2012 08:35 AM

Welcome to both the cutting board club and Lumberjocks! The secret handshake will be sent! LOL CNC to flatten huh? Lucky you! Great job with what tooling you currently have.

It is beeter to wait a week or so to let the pigments come back out on the PH after sanding. I have also found Mineral Oil make them darker. If you use Salad Bowl finish cut 50/50 with Mineral Spirits and do about 8 coats it really brings out the colors.

Welcome and lokk fwd to seein more, as you can never just make one. LOL

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 03-09-2012 07:36 PM

Welcome…looks good from here and you have learnt a valuable lesson early regards the Purple Heart…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#3 posted 03-09-2012 08:44 PM

Clean crisp lines from where I see it. Nicely done.

-- "The greatest pleasure in life is doing what others say you cannot do."-Walter Bagehot

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#4 posted 03-09-2012 10:00 PM

I had to learn that lesson myself. That looks pretty good none the less, really good considering your tool situation. I bet your knives won’t know the difference!

-- Ray - Spokane, WA - “Most people don’t recognize opportunity because it’s usually disguised as hard work.” - Unknown

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