first cutting board

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Project by GeneR posted 11-20-2013 04:20 PM 1581 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First of sorry for the terrible photos i took them late last night on my tablet and just were not that great.

This is my first attempt at a cutting board this is 9”x7” made from purple heart maple and aromatic cedar on the edges.

I know i should have used more hardwoods not the cedar as it dents and dings with everything it touches, but looks really cool. This caused me to resand like 5 times and it almost became a stack of really pretty toothpicks. :-)

It is glued up with titebond 3 for its water resistance and clamped for a good 24 hours. Then i hand planed the glue off and brought it down to where it would sit flat on the planer bed. Next i ran it through my planer and receive the enormous amount of sniping that the dewalts usually give you, so back to a smoothing plane to take out the snipe hump. I then used a cabinet scraper to get out any tool mark then saned to 400grit and i ran a chamfer bit around the edge, the finish is just mineral oil that i put on heavy an let it sit for about 10 minutes to soak in then wiped off the excess.

It is simple but i think it will make a nice christmas gift.

All comments welcome as always.

-- Failure is always an option. :-)

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#1 posted 11-20-2013 04:34 PM

Thats nice Gene. I had considered using cedar as a edge band but never did…thinking I may need to revisit that…lol Great build sir

-- 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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#2 posted 11-20-2013 07:00 PM

Your kind of half way there. To survive any type of “normal” use, a cutting board has to be end grain…....espcially if you are not using all hard woods as in your case. Cut in strips, roll them 90 degrees and reglue everything and you will have the same look, just end grain where it will hold up.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's "opinion" on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#3 posted 11-20-2013 09:09 PM

Very attractive CB!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#4 posted 11-20-2013 10:07 PM

I like it! A cutting board on my to do list so I appreciate your comments.

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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#5 posted 11-20-2013 10:31 PM

can I ask a question of ohwoodeye? End grain, meaning cut the wood in strips across the grain, rather than with the grain? Sorry ;) revisiting woodworking after the Internet era has changed everything! completely over-whelmed!

-- Thankful! Former woodworker turned wife and momma, tip toeing back into the hobby.

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#6 posted 11-21-2013 12:41 AM

Classic design. Will look great in the kitchen or on the table.

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#7 posted 11-21-2013 03:50 AM

Thriftychick – End grain means that rather than the side of the wood being face up, the ends of the wood are face up. Here’s an excellent video that shows what is meant, and how to make one. Welcome to the site by the way!

Also I humbly disagree with Woodeye. Edge grain boards can work great as presentation pieces for sure, and they also will hold up to cutting fairly well. Definitely not as good as end grain will, but still they’re not bad. It’ll last a while like that, and with the wood and pattern used I actually like the look of this one edge grain a lot. Great project!

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#8 posted 11-21-2013 04:03 PM

@woodeye Yeah I know that the end grain boards hold up to use better but I did not have enough lumber in my shop to do one and my planer absolutely hates end grain and I cant afford to replace the knives in it. lol

all the current projects I am doing are all using scraps that are already in my shop from past projects and since I currently cant afford to buy anymore lumber I need to use what is on hand. This will be a present for some family members that will probably use it for display purposes anyway and if they do use it, I think they might know who could make them another one. :-)

And actually the purpose of end grain is not survivability but ability for the fibers to self heal which is easier on the knife blade. They will still get cut marks in them and will eventually need to be sanded.

I very much appreciate all the wonderful and helpful comments.

-- Failure is always an option. :-)

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#9 posted 11-22-2013 02:29 AM

I have to agree with BusterB about using cedar. I too have thought about using it for pieces of a cb, but never have due to the scratch/ding tendencies. I will be reconsidering that option soon. Thanks for sharing. Nice work and use of the “on hand” materials.

-- Gary,Nebraska

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