First Cutting Board

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Project by JC_WW posted 11-01-2013 06:39 PM 1839 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So this is the first start to finish, non-shop woodworking project I have done. I have made a few storage shelves and a workbench and refurbished some furniture in the past but this one will be seen by guests so it had to look nice. I used Cutting Board Designer from 1024Studios to make the design and watched A Cut Above the Rest from the Wood Whisperer for technique. It is made of purpleheart and hard maple and finished with mineral oil. It came out very well and is made to fit in the sink well to create more counter surface area.

I did learn an important lesson to pass on—Don’t leave your project in your car with your windows partially down in the summer when it is going to rain. Seems obscure, but trust me, it happens. I went to the community woodshop to use the drum sander and discovered that the cutting board was almost a cutting bowl. I let it sit for a few weeks…er months and it stilled didn’t fully return to flat. I heated it up with steam over hte stove for aobut 30 minutes and then put pressure on it for a weekend and it finally returned to flat.

-- Justin C.

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#1 posted 11-01-2013 09:54 PM

Nice one Justin,
I bet that was scary, at least it came back.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#2 posted 11-02-2013 03:15 AM

beautiful board,beats the heck out of my first or five.great job!!!!

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#3 posted 11-02-2013 07:24 AM

Looks very neatly done

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#4 posted 11-02-2013 12:42 PM

Nice practical shape.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 11-02-2013 11:58 PM

That is a super nice CB…. I recently just did my 2nd try at one and its nowhere close to yours bud….Very Nice

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#6 posted 11-05-2013 02:42 PM

Great job on that great looking and well made cutting board. Like the wood colors and shape which fits the sink for more work space, great idea!

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#7 posted 11-05-2013 02:49 PM

First attempt? I can’t wait to see you work as gain experience!

Beautiful work.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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