My First Cutting Board

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Project by Bill H. posted 02-08-2014 07:07 PM 2496 views 15 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first attempt at a cutting board. Made from walnut and maple using plans from the Incra Projects and Techniques book. Pretty straight forward, mill the stock, cut varying width strips, glue it up, cut and flip the ends, more gluing, round over the edges, route the handles, plane, sand and finish.

I used Clapham’s Beeswax Salad Bowl Finish to finish and I like how it looks and the ease in applying.

Hardest part was the glue up, keeping everything square was a challenge. This project is a simple glue up, I cannot imagine how difficult some of the complex boards I see on here must be to glue up.

This project is for my wife who I need to keep happy so she continues to let me buy new tools!

-- If you can not explain it simply then you don't understand it well enough.

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#1 posted 02-08-2014 07:50 PM

real nice cutting board – certainly an eye catcher. She’ll be happy

-- Dick, Ohio

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#2 posted 02-08-2014 08:18 PM

looks very nice, love the pattern with the flipped ends, great work

-- steve, simple and effective woodworking---

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#3 posted 02-08-2014 09:10 PM

That is a really pretty pattern. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that one. Good Job!

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#4 posted 02-08-2014 11:18 PM

Well done. The effect is great.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#5 posted 02-08-2014 11:21 PM

Very Nice!

-- How long is a Minute? That depends on which side of the Bathroom Door You're On!

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#6 posted 02-09-2014 12:56 AM

really like it! Well done.

-- jroot

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#7 posted 02-09-2014 02:52 AM

Nicely done Bill.

I have a question about the ‘flipped’ ends. Isn’t this a end grain to end grain joint? Is the strength and durability really there with a joint like that. Or is there something hidden that I don’t see (or get for that matter)?


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#8 posted 02-09-2014 03:01 AM

Greg – I am no expert but I don’t belive end grain to end grain is a problem, other that end grain can wick a bit so more glue and or conditioning by applying a coat of glue and letting it soak in before final gluing may be needed. I know cross grain can be a problem due to different movement rates.

-- If you can not explain it simply then you don't understand it well enough.

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#9 posted 02-09-2014 03:52 AM

Really nice board. Love the effect of the pattern.

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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#10 posted 02-09-2014 11:03 AM

Great job

-- Dave, from Canada,

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#11 posted 02-09-2014 11:04 AM

Beautiful board! Very nice work! Love the thin to thick layout

-- David, Norwood Mass,

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#12 posted 02-09-2014 12:56 PM

Very Nice. Really like the design. Good job

-- John 3:16

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#13 posted 02-09-2014 01:19 PM

great design

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#14 posted 02-10-2014 05:16 AM

Outstanding, very sofisticated!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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