Cutting Board Refurbish--My First Commision

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Project by Napaman posted 05-11-2008 08:27 AM 3039 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s ok—-I am joking on the first commission that is a joke for all of you who have seen my work…

This “job” started when my neighbor came over and saw me working on my planters and was impressed—-yes…I am even proud of them (one more coat before I present them to you!!!)....later that day he came over with his cutting board and said he would pay me to clean it up and do some things to it…of course I cant take payment from him but it was kinda neat that he was appreciating my skills…

Anyways…here is what he wanted…(1)he wanted me to get rid of the routered edge that had worn over time and created a dirty black line all the way around (2) take the flat board and rout a “gutter” all the way around it to catch blood from meat before it gets onto counter…and with a “spout” or with the gutter coming off the edge so any blood from his meat could run off easily into the sink by lifting or tilting the board. (3) the bottom of the board had a large section of black stuff (mold or mildew) (4) the board was really important to him so he wanted me to sand it down—-BUT keep the really deep gouges from his cuts—-thus not totally sand the top down…

(3) was the first thing I did…sanded the bottom…after removing the gunk though I noticed small fisures or cracks between the walnut and oak in many of the boards…so i was worried that i had done something…but was prett certain they must have been there…

Several LJ’s suggested CA glue…and one person suggested if I could not get that then superglue would work—-and it was perfect…i filled the crack…wiped a bit of excess and then sanded it down and the dust meshed into the crak to seal it off…

(2) the gutter was the part that stalled me the most…I am ver in-experienced with a router…I have just done some edge routing on a few things…so it was time to play with scrap wood…after playing with different bits I picked the right one and then decided i would have to use my router table which i had never used.,..

after more scrap wood practice I was ready and nervous…I knew if I made a mistake there was no going back…and i did okay…there are two places where it got a little rounded in the corners and I had some burns that took me a while to sand…but it was good to finally use my router table…

I also struggled on the end grain…not the surface of the board…that was not the end grain…this was just on the two ends…i improved it a lot…but not perfect…

Overall it came out pretty well…I wish he would let me finish it…but he has some oil he uses…

Ok…pretty long story for a cutting board I didnt even build, eh!!! but it has been a while…so I got alot to say!! lol

thanks to all the people who answered my “beginner” questions when I needed it…

the “customer” was happy…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#1 posted 05-11-2008 12:35 PM

Looks good. I don’t know about you, but refurb always seems more difficult than building from scratch. Nice job.

-- Working at Woodworking

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 05-11-2008 01:13 PM

You did a good job of refurbishing this board.

Thanks for the post and the story behind it.

Well done.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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Doug S.

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#3 posted 05-11-2008 02:00 PM

NIce save! But commission implies some form of payment. Hope you at least got some pizza and beer for all your effort:-))

-- Use the fence Luke

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#4 posted 05-11-2008 03:41 PM

Very Nice. You put a lot of thought and time in it and did a great job!

-- Martin, Kansas

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#5 posted 05-11-2008 04:06 PM

well, you made it look brand new again. So, I thought it was your creation until I read your post. Did a great job on it.

-- JJohn

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#6 posted 05-11-2008 05:36 PM

thanks guys…

doug—-not pizza—-STEAK BBQ using the cutting board…my neighbor does a lot of BBQ…even thinking of starting a business…which is why the board is iimportant to him…

russel…i agree…although i now want to make one of my own…this was harder then my other projects in the sense that if I make a mistake on another project I can just start over or get another piece…but in this case i was really worried about messing up on the groove/gutter for the blood…there was none there before…and if I went a bit too far i would have been in trouble…

thanks again everyone…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#7 posted 05-11-2008 10:51 PM

Great job. Sometimes redo projects can be harder than making something from scratch, but every bit as satisfying, and EVERY project is a learning experience. Since I’ve gotten back into woodworking a couple of years ago after a long hiatus, I’ve paid much more attention to the things around me. The whole web thing has, of course, helped a lot, and THIS website in particular has been a great source of info.

One thing that I didn’t do early on that I’m getting better at is to take photos from start to finish…much easier now with digital stuff to just store it and use it for reference.
This is probably something I should have looked into a a career a long time ago. Oh well, at least I’m having fun now. -SST

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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#8 posted 05-11-2008 11:22 PM

Experience is something you usually get from your mistakes. It’s good to see that your router job
turned out good. Nice job breathing new life into an old board!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#9 posted 05-15-2008 07:33 AM

Hello , this board appears to be Maple and I believe Mahogany and the fissures that are seen in your pics are actually the joints coming apart. Whether the original jointed edges weren’t square or the glue just seperated is hard to tell from here. Some people actually put their cutting boards into the dishwasher or leave them soaking in water which just plain ruins them . The CA (cyanoacrylate) glue and superglue are one in the same. Whatever special oil the owner is using , he isn’t using often enough or the board is seeing too much water as is evidenced by the cracks in the end grain . Tell him that whatever amount of oil he is putting on the top , he needs to apply at least twice as much on the end grain because it just sucks it right in through there just like the tree did through its’ roots. Also if the bottom was all mildew you should add some feet to it to let air flow underneath it .
You did a fine job on this board and I have often thought about creating a “drain” on my boards as well but haven’t yet . Have a great day and keep using your router…you’ll be surprised just how cool a tool it is once you get comfortable with it … end to the fun : )

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

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#10 posted 05-15-2008 09:09 PM

Thanks Dusty…I will pass this on to the owner…

I lke the ideas of the legs…i did not think of that…but it does make sense…


-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#11 posted 06-01-2008 01:41 AM

now , now , I said “feet” ......not Legs !!! hahahhaa

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

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#12 posted 12-31-2008 03:16 AM

Nice cutting board, Matt.

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