Simple cherry cheese board

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Project by Courtney posted 03-19-2013 03:44 PM 1621 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a fun afternoon project. The cherry board is about 11” x 14” and is finished with a few coats of mineral oil and then a mineral oil/parafin wax paste. I used a skewed block plane and low angle block plane to give the board a slightly convex shape, and a spokeshave to round the edges. I also used my #5 stanley plane for the first time to flatten the board initially. That went a little bit better than expected after flattening the sole of plane and sharpening the blade to the best of my ability (still something I need to get better at doing). Thanks for checking it out. Simple, but I was happy with the look and feel of the board in the end.

-- It's very common for people to separate things they do from the things they need. - Jogge Sundqvist

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#1 posted 03-19-2013 03:46 PM

Great job! Looks very elegant.

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#2 posted 03-19-2013 09:13 PM

Courtney...Nice work !....Certainly getting that beautiful bench you made broken in….

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#3 posted 03-21-2013 08:27 PM

Thanks! It’s been fun to do a couple small projects. Sometimes the simple things make great gifts (my mom loved this) and provide some good immediate gratification :).

-- It's very common for people to separate things they do from the things they need. - Jogge Sundqvist

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#4 posted 03-22-2013 01:42 PM

It’s beautiful and will surely make a great gift for family and friends. Well done!

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#5 posted 03-26-2013 02:03 AM

Great job Courtney. Glad to see you putting your hand tools to use on that awesome, comfy in the winter time, bench you built! :)

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#6 posted 03-26-2013 02:14 AM

Great uniformity of color for cherry, as it can often be blotchy due to irregular grain. I really like the handle being curved to match the perimeter. Mineral oil is the perfect choice—most commercial butcher block treatments sold at inordinate high prices are 99 percent mineral oil. Walnut oil, available from a few woodworking suppliers is very food-safe, too.

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