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Project by lumberjoe posted 07-30-2012 07:32 PM 1692 views 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For some time, my wife was wanted me to make cutting boards. This weekend we got some done. I have never made a cutting board before. It wasn’t as easy as I thought, and I didn’t think it was easy at all. I am very pleased at how they turned out. Vital Statistics
The large board is 10 1/2” x 16” and 1 1/4” thick
Hardwood selection:
Hard Maple (the hardest I have ever cut)
Cherry
Walnut
Purple heart

The Smaller boards are 8 1/2” x 14” and 1 1/4” thick
Wood selection:
Hard Maple
Soft Spalted Maple
Cherry

Finish on all is General Finishes Butcher Block Oil

Not only did my wife allow me to spend almost all weekend out in the shop, she was right there with me for most of it. All of the arrangement is her idea. I did the jointing, routing, cutting, and a lot of the sanding. She did the arrangement, some of the planing, and the sanding on the big one. She also did a lot of the glue up and clamping.

These were a LOT of fun to make and fairly challenging. I’m impressed with how well she handled her tasks. With a little guidance and suggestions, she was gluing and clamping like a pro. She also did a great job with the planer after gluing up. She also applied the finish. That was her favorite part. I have a feeling there are many more to come. We made a few more and I have an end grain one gluing up now.

It was a really fun weekend, we work well together, and I love her design and layout.

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#1 posted 07-30-2012 07:54 PM

Very nice boards but the best part is the time you spent with your wife.

-- Bert

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#2 posted 07-30-2012 07:57 PM

I agree100% Bert

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#3 posted 07-30-2012 07:58 PM

Nice looking cutting boards! Thanks for posting.

Husband and wife sharing an interest. Um. I’ll have to think about that one.

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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#4 posted 07-30-2012 08:20 PM

It was fun Rich. My wife and I do projects all the time. I could just never get her into woodworking. She really seemed to enjoy it

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#5 posted 07-30-2012 11:38 PM

Also, if anyone has any tips for working with purpleheart, that would be appreciated. It was very difficult to rip (had to use my GLR blade) and forget about planing it. It just tore chunks out (machine or hand plane)

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#6 posted 07-31-2012 02:46 AM

Nice, colorful cutting board. I suspect purpleheart has interlocked grain and that’s why planing it is so difficult. It’s also worth noting that this wood turns brown when exposed to UV. A finish with a UV blocker will slow that down I believe but probably not stop it totally.

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#7 posted 07-31-2012 02:54 AM

I had read about that. Is there anything food safe I can apply? I did put a coat of mineral oil and beeswax on tonight.

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Ken90712

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#8 posted 07-31-2012 09:53 AM

Nice boards and fun to spend time to your wife.

Having made over 250 boards here is cpl things that might help.

As you might know or will soon, End-Grain boards are the only way to go as far as longevity! They will last forever if you take care of them. More work to make, but they wont splinter or fray when knives are used on them.

When planing, use sharp blades and he lightest possible pass you can. Chip out almost always happens, I use my drum sander to flatten the end-grain instead.

After sanding Purpleheart let sit for a few days in your shop the pigments will bleed back out making purple again and not so brown.

I use Salad Bowl finish cut with Mineral Spirts 50/50 I prefer them to shine.

I also finish other’s with Mineral Oil then Bees’ Wax for a Matt finish if the customers request that. Just sent out 15 of them.

You can buy Mineral oil alot cheaper at Wall-Mart pharmacy 1.87 bottle rather than big box stores.

Any questons let me know.

Good luck!

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

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#9 posted 07-31-2012 09:59 AM

Ken, that’s great advice. I have another one gluing up that I am going to chop into end grain tomorrow (20 hour work day today). I wanted to get the basic concept of a cb down before I ventured into end grain. I don’t have a drum sander so I am going to flatten it with a router sled and a big mortising bit.

Also great tip on the mineral spirits. I have seen the salad bowl finish, but I am like your customers, I prefer the matte finish.

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#10 posted 07-31-2012 01:21 PM

Also Ken (or anyone), is the salad bowl finish a UV blocker as well? I would like the purple heart to stay purple for as long as possible

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#11 posted 07-31-2012 03:30 PM

Welcome to the cutting board club!

Joe – I would recommend using a bowl bit for the router planing. I use my router planing sled on all of my boards and I have found that there are fewer furrows to clean up with the bowl bit than with the mortising bit (I have used both). I have also used highly figured purple heart on cutting boards. I have found that the best way to flatten end-grain boards with purple heart is to use my belt sander followed by card scrapers. It’s tedious, but there is no tear-out like there was with just-sharpened planer or plane blades.

The “spalted” maple that you used is actually ambrosia maple. True spalted maple is not usually used for cutting boards because of the possibility of structural collapse. Ambrosia maple does not suffer from the same ailment as the discoloration is caused by a different type of “decay” that occurs while the tree is still alive.

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#12 posted 07-31-2012 03:35 PM

Thanks for the tips JoeinDE. I refer to it as spalted maple, but yes it is ambrosia. I have a ton of it laying around. I would never consider putting an end grain cutting board through my planer. That’s a good tip on the bowl bit. I’ve never heard of one, but I’ll look it up

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#13 posted 07-31-2012 06:03 PM

Very nice boards , Joe : )
Always been a fan of the rays in the QTR.Sawn Cherry !
I was wondering about the Maple as to it being Ambrosia or just mineral streaks ?
I wouldn’t use Spalted Maple in a cutting board just for fungi sake. : ) LOL

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

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#14 posted 07-31-2012 06:05 PM

Believe it or not, this is the first time I have ever worked cherry. I got a great deal at the mill so I grabbed a bunch (2.00/bf). It’s nice to work with and takes a finish VERY well.

Yes, that is ambrosia, I should stop calling it spalted.

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#15 posted 07-31-2012 06:10 PM

Cherry is the best all around specie in my book : )
I couldn’t see any of the worm holes in the Maple was my reason for asking.
I made a board with a nice mineral deposit in it (not gold though) , so I had to ask : )
I made that the “cutting side” of the board by adding the juice groove to it.
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/24969

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