First Cutting Boards

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Project by NavyFlyerTom posted 05-06-2012 09:50 PM 1080 views 3 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After looking at this site for months for ideas I finally decided to create an account and post some projects to get some feedback. I’m always open to suggestions.
These are my first attempts at end grain cutting boards. They were a learning experience, both for the construction and the finishing. I tried salad bowl varnish, and while the boards looked great at first, the wear is far more obvious after just a few uses (as I’m sure you can see in the photos). I’m sure a few of you recognize the larger board as the Wood Whisperer board that so many people seem to start with.
The larger board is maple and cherry, the smaller, maple and walnut.

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#1 posted 05-07-2012 01:53 AM

Welcome to LJ’s. It doesn’t matter what pattern you follow, it’s about, you feeling satisfied that you created something out of wood that makes you feel proud. We look forward your future projects.

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

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#2 posted 05-07-2012 05:18 PM

If you have gotten bitten by the cutting board bug, you may like the Cutting Board designer program that a fellow LJ developed. I have found it very helpful for visualizing a board before you start working on it.

-- A bad craftsmen blames his cheap #$%ing tools

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#3 posted 05-08-2012 12:48 AM

Great looking boards.
Welcome to LJ’s

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#4 posted 05-08-2012 02:12 AM

My boards go through the same type of wear. Hit it with some mineral oil and it will look brand new again!

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