Simple Cutting Boards

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Project by jcastle posted 08-03-2008 09:34 AM 2121 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had some 1×6 maple and walnut boards that had cupped a bit and had some oil stains from being stored improperly. They’ve been in my garage for probably about 5 years. About time I did something with them. I recently moved back home after living in Germany for a year and had inherited my fathers shop. I’m re-familiarizing myself with the tools and the shop so decided to build this simple project.
Cut Pieces:
Cut Pieces

Glue Up
Gluing up the strips of maple and walnut

Ready for planing
They don’t line up to well because they were cupped pretty bad so they didn’t cut evenly.

First Run vs 2.0
Made with the first run, thinner than the others because I didn’t turn the strips, and planed by hand

Grandfather's Plane
Thing is an old beast, and works really well. Though once I got my 12” electric planer ruinning, I cheated and used that.

Different Stages
3 boards after their first oiling. 1 Board drying after the grain was raised.</div>

Before / After Oil
The bottom board has just had it’s grain raised, then sanded down with 400. The top one has recieved its first coat of mineral oil.

-- John Castle -

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#1 posted 08-03-2008 09:47 AM

looks very nice

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#2 posted 08-03-2008 09:51 AM

very beautiful work

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#3 posted 08-03-2008 01:26 PM

You make it look easy. Nice work

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#4 posted 08-03-2008 01:51 PM

I really must find the time to do some of these.

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#5 posted 08-03-2008 02:16 PM

They look great!

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#6 posted 08-03-2008 03:23 PM

Nice! I’m with Stewart….I keep saying I’m going to get around to doing some.

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#7 posted 08-03-2008 03:27 PM

look good to me

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#8 posted 08-04-2008 02:21 AM

Very nice. Add my name to the list of jocks that need to make one of these.

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#9 posted 08-05-2008 09:03 PM

Great job!

Thanks for the post


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#10 posted 08-06-2008 03:41 AM

Nice looking boards. Thank you for sharing.

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#11 posted 08-06-2008 05:34 PM

Welcome to LJs. Lots of good info and some pretty good people too. Have fun!!

Nice cutting boards. Thanks for sharing.


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#12 posted 08-20-2008 03:59 AM

Wonderfull Job!!! I really like the detail in explaining the steps of the project!! I want to make some cutting boards for Christmas presents this year and you have given me some basic idea of the process in making one. Thanks and Good Luck in all of your future projects.

-- David, Tignall,Georgia

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