2012 X-mas Small Cuttingboards

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Project by Cosmicsniper posted 12-26-2012 03:51 PM 2067 views 3 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I use cutting boards in the kitchen, I always go with the smallest board to do the job. I just don’t enjoy moving around big heavy boards. Not that huge cutting boards do not have their place, but I think the majority of my usage of cutting boards is for smaller jobs…a single onion or a few carrots.

So, when both of my young nephews recently moved into new places, my wife put together a large mixing bowl full of kitchen goodies. I made these for their Christmas bundles.

These measure approximately 8” x 10” each, 5/8” thick, both with bottom bevels to make them easy to pick up off a countertop and a slight round over on the top to ease the edge. I finished both with mineral oil.

The checkerboard is obviously end grain, which took the longest of the two boards. It is made of walnut and pecan. I allowed some of the dark burnishing of the pecan to remain because I liked the look. The other board, an Incra-design from my projects book, was actually completed in about 3 hours. It is side grain made of walnut and red oak. The Incra TS fence and my big thickness sander make really quick work out of projects like this.

I’m pleased with these. I haven’t done many cutting boards during my lifetime because I never enjoyed sanding them down. But since I now have the right tools, I think I’ll have to start building a few here and there.

-- jay,

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#1 posted 12-26-2012 03:56 PM

These are great looking boards Jay.

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#2 posted 12-26-2012 05:58 PM

I agree that there is no need for big bulky boards most of the time.

Good job

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 12-26-2012 09:02 PM

Fantastic design! very nice

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#4 posted 12-27-2012 08:57 PM

Pretty classy.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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