Learning to make cutting boards

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I love the idea of cutting boards being both beautiful and functional. My boss gave me some pieces of black walnut from a tree cut down on their property. This is the board I created for them. One piece only, no gluing up. I know glue ups can look so nice, but I really prefer a single piece and allow the grains of the wood speak.

Here is my first one. I finished it with a homemade Mineral Oil Beeswax finish.

-- Lacy Lane Studio

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#1 posted 08-31-2012 06:49 PM

You picked a beautiful pice of wood to show off here and your finish is exceptional. I like showing off the wood too, so I understand the motivation. This morning I was reading a thead about walnut though and I will bet there are some cutting board makers here who will be adding their voices of experience very soon.

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#2 posted 08-31-2012 07:51 PM

The photo was taken on my iPad, so it doesn’t do justice to the wood and finish. I know some people worry aboutnut allergies with walnut.

-- Lacy Lane Studio

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Monte Pittman

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#3 posted 08-31-2012 09:00 PM

Unique & beautiful.

Welcome to LJ’s.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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Mike Gager

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#4 posted 09-01-2012 12:34 AM

how well do cutting boards like this hold up to actual use?

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#5 posted 09-01-2012 12:44 AM

This is black walnut, which is a hard wood. They will be used, and can get marked up. But consistent cleaning and coating helps.

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#6 posted 09-01-2012 02:23 AM

Very nice work and design. It is always great to make something with free wood to thank the person who gave it to you. I think that keeping the board oiled would reduce any contact with the actual wood. And how many people would actually cut on this beauty?

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#7 posted 09-01-2012 03:34 AM

Actually, black walnut isn’t all that hard, as most hardness charts will attest. Considerably softer than hard maple, the wood frequently chosen for commercial cutting boards. But then, yours looks way nicer !

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#8 posted 09-01-2012 09:33 AM

Only on special occasiions would this ever be used. just to nice.

-- Mack

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#9 posted 09-01-2012 05:14 PM

Beautiful piece of Walnut !

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

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