|Project by SchwartzTheYounger||posted 09-14-2013 08:59 PM||1570 views||2 times favorited||9 comments|
This was my first end grain cutting board. I didn’t make it entirely from scratch; I started with a cutting board kit from my local Woodcraft. I think the woods are walnut, mahogany, and maple. I came up with a few designs, and I posted them up here and on Facebook to see what people thought of them. Then once I had a design picked out I glued it all together.
The project slowed down from there. I don’t have very many tools of my own, so I had to travel around to get this board completed. I went to Woodcraft to run the first glue up through a thickness planer. Then over to my buddy’s house to use his table saw to crosscut it. The blanks provided in the kit were not very long so I had to cut the strips thin to get a decent surface area on the final board. After the second glue up I tried chancing it and running it through the planner again to reduce the amount of sanding. But, it blew out a big chunk (I didn’t get a picture of it). Fortunately, the damage was limited to only one strip, so back to my buddy’s table saw to cut off that one strip. then a whole lot of sanding. I have my own router, so I used it to put a nice round over profile on the edges.
Finished size is 12 1/2” x 18 1/4” x 5/8”
I finished it with some food safe mineral oil that my wife and I received back when we got married.
Thanks to all those who gave their thoughts and help along the way.
~EDIT: IT’S ALREADY SOLD!!! SO COOL!!! This is the first piece I’ve made with the intent to sell, and it sold within 4 hours of listing it. I feel kinda awesome right now. :-D ~
-- Eric Schwartz (Versailles, KY), Bliss is teaching your son to use a tool.