My first cutting board

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Project by Darville posted 08-27-2012 04:19 AM 1441 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first cutting board. Made from Poplar and Read Oak. Not exotic but I was able to cut my teeth on this project and get comfortable with my woodworking skills. Made a large one and a smaller one from the scraps.

-- --"Can I rub your wood?" Tha's what she said! (Literally)

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#1 posted 08-27-2012 04:32 AM

The only suggestion I might make is to try to get the grain patterns of the similar woods to match, either cutting the strips from similar grained wood or if you cut the strips from the same section of board keep them in the same order and orientation that they came out of the board in. That helps the board look less busy so people can focus on the cut and fit and choice of woods. Changing up grain pattern or orientation between the dissimilar woods can create much different effect that can serve to heighten the differences between the woods. I do think you picked a nicely contrasting pair of woods with a red oak that is really a nice red and it looks like nice tight glue lines which are what really matters more then anything so overall a real nice job.

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#2 posted 08-27-2012 09:50 AM

Looks great to me. I’m new as well and I know I will have to make one of these pretty soon. This board should help produce some great meals for you, especially if you are planning on using that Tony Chachere’s on whatever you are cutting up. I’ve used that stuff my whole life.

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#3 posted 08-27-2012 12:29 PM

Personally I really, really like how the grain is very different between stripes.. it looks really intriguing.

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#4 posted 08-27-2012 12:49 PM

I like the small one. It came out really nice! Just a word of caution, oak is a good wood to avoid when making cutting boards that will actually be used to cut/prepare food. It is very porous and harbors bacteria quite well.


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#5 posted 08-27-2012 05:29 PM

Adding to lumberjoe’s comment, poplar is not very hard so you may find it gets cut up pretty quickly. Still, a nice piec of woodworking !

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