My First Cutting Board

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Project by Todd posted 12-20-2013 08:27 PM 1205 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I hope you guys and gals can tolerate another cutting board project this Christmas season!

This is my first cutting board. It is made from cherry, walnut and white oak. I bought the wood rough sawn from a local sawyer and jointed it and planed it myself. I really bought the cherry for another project and purchased enough extra for a couple of cutting boards. I used TBII to glue it up and Watco Butcher Block Oil and Finish. I bought what I need to make my own cutting board conditioner today. This board is sort of a learning experience for me.

-- Todd, Huntsville, AL

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#1 posted 12-20-2013 09:51 PM

That looks good, nice clean joints! I too took on a cutting board project for Christmas! I used walnut, maple, and paduk. I have to admit it is surprising how nice walnut can finish up! Did you hand plane or use a joiner/planer?

I used my delta planer (which needs new knives direly) and lots of sand paper.

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#2 posted 12-20-2013 09:54 PM

Nice job.

-- Ted ,Conesus,N.Y.

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#3 posted 12-20-2013 10:08 PM

Great board! Good contrast . . . just the right amount.

-- -- "Never underestimate the power of a kind word, a good deed, or a table saw."

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#4 posted 12-20-2013 10:09 PM

You guys made some really nice looking boards. I made a couple years ago and have been cutting up lots thin pieces of Koa and Mango in hopes of making a few boards…hope mine turn out as nice as yours. I look at the great looking boards on the site and am floored with what some people make.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#5 posted 12-21-2013 12:58 AM

very nice.great board and a nice christmas present.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#6 posted 12-21-2013 06:55 AM

Hey Todd, would you mind posting a picture of the bottom side? I’m curious how you routed the handles, they look handy (for lack of a better term)

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#7 posted 12-21-2013 04:42 PM

Thanks for all the kind comments everyone!

Sig, I used a power jointer and planer. For the handles I used a half-inch cove bit in my router table. I used painters tape to mark where the handle should begin and end and then just pushed it against the fence. I burnt the wood a little because when you push it against the fence there is some hesitation. Next time I’ll slow the router down and use multiple passes to avoid burning. It’s not that noticeable so I didn’t bother trying to sand it out and risk deforming the look of the handles. Looks like you have a nice board going yourself!

-- Todd, Huntsville, AL

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#8 posted 12-21-2013 09:36 PM

Ahhh, router tables seem so useful. I’m gonna get one someday soon I hope. I guess the cutting board is a standard project for beginners! So simple, yet so much is learned!

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#9 posted 12-21-2013 09:46 PM

Sig I used my router table to chamfer the edges as well. Here is the base I built for my router table.

-- Todd, Huntsville, AL

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