Cutting Board #1

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Project by KennyBuildit posted 11-29-2012 07:17 PM 970 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So this is my first attempt at making an end-grain cutting board, which all things considered I think came out rather nice for an intro project.

Little back-story: I’ve made a lot of frames, boxes, combs, nick-knacks and the like for the past few years but in reality this is one of my first seriously functional pieces.

In support of local businesses I bought the wood from Boards and Beams in Fairfield, NJ ( ) and found them to be both patient and helpful. Good folks and good prices, I’ll be going back there soon. Much better than buying from Home Depot or Lowes.

Anyway, I made this without the use of a table-saw, band-saw, thickness or hand planer. I used my trusty miter saw, table router and belt sander with 80 grit paper and a watchful eye to level the wood once the glue dried. It’s sealed with two coats of salad bowl finish, and it’s smooth and without any burns or dips from the belt sander.

Last week I acquired a rather nice antique table saw, cleaned it out and installed a new blade and it made cuts so perfect it brought a tear to my eye. The next board will have a much more complicated pattern and will be made exclusively with the table saw. I also plan on investing in a surface planer and serious dust collection system (now using a shop-vac) in the Spring.

Dimensions: about 8”x12”x1-1/8” thick, I also burned my fiance’s and my initials into the end, as it’s going to be a gift in a few weeks.

Looking for comments, good and bad i’ll take em all, only looking to improve.



-- Half-assed and whole-hearted, Kenny

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#1 posted 11-29-2012 10:09 PM

Anything but ordinary. Great output.

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#2 posted 11-29-2012 10:31 PM

Well done with limited tools to boot. Look fwd to seeing many more.

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

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#3 posted 11-30-2012 12:58 AM

It’s a good board, to make it with only those tools makes it a great board!

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

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#4 posted 11-30-2012 05:34 PM

Thanks everybody!

-- Half-assed and whole-hearted, Kenny

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#5 posted 11-30-2012 06:46 PM

Miter saw? I’m trying to imagine how that works. Seems a bit dangerous – but to each his own. Looks great!


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