I heard there is a handshake?

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Project by David Theller posted 09-24-2013 02:13 AM 1747 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well as I was working on cleaning the shop over the weekend, I know shocking, I came across several pieces of scraps and decided to make something useful. The cutting board with the handle was a quick copy of one that my grandmother had gotten years ago. Its made of Red oak, Black Walnut, and a piece of cherry. The other cutting board is my first attempt at making an end grain board. I’m not sure if it was done correctly, but it stayed together and looks pretty good for not knowing what I was doing. It is made of hickory and then a strip of cherry. The finish was another new experience. I refined some raw beeswax from a friend of a friend’s hive, and mixed it with mineral oil. I believe I was a bit heavy with the beeswax in the ratio, but it looks good for not knowing what I was doing again.

Any advice on the end grain Cutting board assembly and finishing is much appreciated

-- if at first you don't succeed, get the bigger hammer

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Michael Wilson

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#1 posted 09-24-2013 02:48 AM

They look just fine to me. I just use mineral oil on my boards.

Just experiment with the directions of the layers and patterns. I’ve only made a few basic maple ones myself. But it’s wild how much more color springs out of them once they’re oiled up, so I’ve spent a lot of energy trying to balance them, trying to anticipate what’s going to stand out.

But those look good and stout. I say put ‘em in to rotation in the kitchen, or better yet, gift them :)

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David Theller

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#2 posted 09-25-2013 01:15 AM

Thanks Micheal, I really like how the end grain one came out, the grain looks awesome. The next one I will have to try to pay more attention to thee grain pattern

-- if at first you don't succeed, get the bigger hammer

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robert triplett

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#3 posted 09-25-2013 03:30 AM

The secret handshake is a little hard to do online. Welcome to the club though. Very nice start. As Michael said, just experiment. Have fun. I don’t use oak if the grain is too open, but it can look nice.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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