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It occurred to me that as a novice woodworker, I had not yet completed a rite of passage—making a cutting board. So, here’s the very first one I’ve ever made. This was a fun, quick project. It’s made from hard maple, cherry, and roasted western maple (which, if you’ve never worked with “thermally modified” wood, is pretty interesting stuff).

The cutting board is approximately 16” x 12” x 1.25”. I was working on it late last night and didn’t want to fire up the noisy planer to flatten it, so I broke out the hand planes. Shavings a-plently ensued:

Rookie mistake made: When I did the glue up, I didn’t pay attention to grain direction, so I was worried I might get some tearout when I went to plane it. I mitigated the risk by using a high angle blade in the jack and then jointer planes (62 degree cutting angle) with a sharp iron and it worked great, with no tearout. Gave me a workout though!

Sanded to 220 and finished with mineral oil. I’m pretty pleased with the results, and will probably make a few more for Christmas gifts this year.

Thanks for looking!

-- John, BC, Canada





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redsox9

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#1 posted 551 days ago

She’s a beauty… nice work!

-- Jeff, North Andover, MA

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#2 posted 551 days ago

Beautiful combination of colors !

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

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#3 posted 550 days ago

Great use of colors it looks fantastic

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

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nwbusa

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#4 posted 550 days ago

Thanks guys, appreciate the compliments!

-- John, BC, Canada

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Grumpymike

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#5 posted 550 days ago

Great job on this cutting board, I have yet to join the ranks of “boardolegist”.
I did make one of solid maple with breadboard ends once …

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it.

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#6 posted 550 days ago

A good looking board and a nice pile of shavings too! Nice combination of wood as well. Are you planning on making an end grain board next?

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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nwbusa

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#7 posted 550 days ago

Thanks gents. I am planning an end grain board, and I am thinking that without a drum sander, the best way to flatten it might be with a low angle hand plane…?

-- John, BC, Canada

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Jonathan

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#8 posted 550 days ago

I know a lot of people will build and use a router sled setup, and from what I understand, they work quite well for the task. I have not built/used a router sled, as I have a drum sander, so no personal experience with it, but I figured I’d mention it, unless you prefer to go the hand tool route.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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smitty22

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#9 posted 549 days ago

John, A Very pretty board, also would have been spectacular ‘sliced and diced’ into an end-grain type.

To answer your question, I have had no luck at all using hand planes on an end grain board, and I’ve tried a few times, even with ‘scary sharp’ irons and a low-angle plane. Find someone with a drum sander, or just resign yourself to a few hours of ROS duty! (From 60 to 220 grit is about right, depending on the wood used. The router sled approach mentioned above also sounds good, but not tried it on my CB’s.)

Looking forward to your next efforts!
Dale

-- Smitty

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nwbusa

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#10 posted 547 days ago

Thanks for the comments, I’ve considered a router sled, and might go that route.

Cheers.

-- John, BC, Canada

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CalgaryGeoff

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#11 posted 478 days ago

Very good looking board, the maple sure is white compared to the other woods, at first I’d say holly as I think it’s white. Grain orientation is important on all boards, keep track of the pieces on your end grain board. It makes the difference between good and great. My boards are ok at best but still working at it.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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