Apple Shaped Cutting Board

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Project by JoesBetterHalf posted 08-19-2013 10:48 PM 1563 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A recent trip to woodcraft landed us a piece of apple. Neither my husband or myself have used it before and thought we’d give it a shot.

The obvious use for apple would be an apple shaped cutting board.

This rough piece of apple was twisted and warped and gave me one hell of a time in the planer. It started out over an inch thick and I ended up with a nicely planed 3/4” board.

I cut four 2” pieces of apple and had a 3” off cut that I ended up using. For the middle, I cut a 1 1/2” strip of bubinga, used two 1/4” strips of cherry, and two 3/4” strips of birch. I did two glue-ups because it was far too wide for our planer which only accommodates 12”.

I filled all the tiny holes with CA and used the activator to get an immediate hard finish. I sanded the board down to get rid of the extra CA. Then using the template I drew this morning, I traced the apple on the board and cut, cut, cut away on the band saw. Thank goodness for the spindle sander because around the stem looked a little rough. That was a pretty tight curve. I routed the edges then sanded down to 320. I should have sanded more but was too lazy to take out the other sander.

Oiled, Waxed… and here it is!

Of all my cutting boards, this might be my favorite. It looks rustic and classy at the same time!


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#1 posted 08-20-2013 02:14 AM

Turned out beautifully! Lovely combo of woods. Thanks for sharing!

-- God bless, Candy

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#3 posted 08-20-2013 02:26 AM

That piece of apple was by far the worst looking board I have seen. It looked like a pool slide. Good job getting it flat!


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#4 posted 08-20-2013 02:37 AM

Thanks, LumberJoe! What about Jointing? Remember, I was attacked by a flying piece of apple?


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#5 posted 08-20-2013 03:05 AM

love it. have to make a template like that. i’m sure it will sell.

-- wiser1934, new york

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#6 posted 08-20-2013 08:05 AM

What a great looking cutting board. I like the woods you used as well. You have opened us up to using many different types of fruit cut outs.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#7 posted 08-23-2013 01:52 PM

That came out really pretty. Like the heart shape and sweet wood combo, great finish as well. Great work!

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#8 posted 12-03-2013 05:06 PM

I really like this. Great shape and wood combination

-- Garry fae Bonnie Scotland -

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