My first cutting board

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Project by JHerrman posted 09-18-2012 05:56 PM 1088 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the first cutting board I’ve made. I am new to wood working and learned a lot of things on the way that I would do differently next time. Such as having a level workbench! Haha. Easily over 15 hours of sanding with a palm sander to make this thing smooth and even!

Wood is cherry and maple and finished with several coats of salad bowl dressing.

What you guys think? Any suggestions?


- Jeremy

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

Very Nice!
I see it seems raised above the table. Did you use rubber feet?

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 10-06-2012 09:06 PM

looks nice! 15 hours with a palm sander…is your hand and arm numb!?

-- Tim, IL

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#3 posted 10-06-2012 09:24 PM

Thanks guys! Lew, I did use rubber feet. I didn’t want stale water to get trapped underneath and create mold.

And Tim, my arm just about fell off! Lol. I need to get a planer for the next one

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#4 posted 10-07-2012 12:55 AM

Absolutely great first one. I have made 100 and learned a lot along the way. Flat is very important. However flat comes from square. Make sure every thing is square in first and second glue up. Once square it will glue up good. I learned to run final glue up thru joiner plan and then glue. The perfect match looks good. It looks like you did that. Very nice joints with care in alignment on second glue. Good Job.

Used scrappers for a while then got a drum sander. I feel guilty with drum sander. I can glue up and not worry. Run it thru drum sander and all is great. NO WORK. Just watch it go thru.

I like rubber feet too. Very stable when cutting. If you look at my boards, you will see 1/8 round and 1/4 round offs top and bottom. Also handles on end for lifting.

I got addicted and then quit. Have not made one in 6 mo.

Falling block end grain was my near last. The sander finished it. I felt too guilty.

-- Phil Zoeller louisville, KY

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#5 posted 10-07-2012 12:57 AM

Keep me posted

-- Phil Zoeller louisville, KY

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#6 posted 10-07-2012 03:47 AM

That is a very nice looking board.

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#7 posted 10-07-2012 05:31 AM

Well done, the first of many I’m sure.

-- Everyone calls me Ed or Eddie , mom still calls me Edward if she is mad at me.

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