Non-Exploding Cutting Board

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Project by Steve Kreins posted 101 days ago 1333 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Unlike my first attempt at making a cutting board, this one didn’t explode! (Picture 4. Of course this one is edge grain and long grain, unlike my end grain attempt. ;)

I’m pretty happy with it and my wife loves it. I used Red Oak, Pecan, and Hackberry. I finished it with Butcher Block oil and let it cure. I used a 1/2 ” round over router bit. I planed the sides to get a straight surface for the glue up and I happy with the results. With my new table saw I actually got straight cuts and I feel like I learned a few things.

The next one will have recessed hand holds, maybe. The pics don’t show it, but it had a nice contrast between the grain patterns of the Hackberry and Pecan.

-- I thank God for everything, especially all of you!

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#1 posted 101 days ago

This looks great and I’m glad this one did not explode :)

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#2 posted 100 days ago

Looks great, Steve. We all have lessons to learn and it looks like you learned your lesson on how to keep a cutting board from going to pieces.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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Dave T

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#3 posted 100 days ago

Great job. Turned out great

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#4 posted 100 days ago

Looking Good.
You have achieved the ultimate goal. Making the wife happy :)

best wishes

-- Lynn "If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right". Henry Ford

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#5 posted 100 days ago

This looks very nice my friend. I bet Judy’s happy. What kind of table saw did you buy ?

-- Denis in Grande Prairie. Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mistery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.....Pink !

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#6 posted 100 days ago

It’s very clean work and nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#7 posted 100 days ago

Nice board, and the choice of the woods is complimentary.

About the “exploded’ board, do I see a cheese board in the future?
Did the expansion cause this?

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it.

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#8 posted 100 days ago

That looks great! Hackberry is a fairly uncommon lumber but it is a very common tree here so I saw a lot of it. Has any of yours spalted? That can be some really pretty wood and our hackberry spalts very quickly after the tree dies. The live hackberry I have cut is snow white.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#9 posted 100 days ago

I have also learned the hard way not to plane an endgrain cutting board. Better off using a router surfacer or a sander. Live and learn.

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#10 posted 100 days ago

Nice looking board but Red Oak and other porous woods shouldn’t be used for cutting boards meant for meats and poultry. O’k for breads and other dry items though : )

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#11 posted 99 days ago

All right pal, you’ve got a story to tell. How did the other board explode? I want the juicy details.

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#12 posted 94 days ago

Yes, we all love a good story. Please do give the ‘juicy’ details. (BTW, Nice work on the edge grain board.)

-- The only gift is a portion of thyself. -Ralph Waldo Emerson, writer and philosopher (1803-1882)

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#13 posted 94 days ago

Well, it’s not that juicy. I tried an end grain cutting board for one of my very first projects. Everything was fine until I thought I could just run it through my planner, which I had never used. I did manage to save a small piece and called it the World’s Smallest Cutting Board.

This isn’t an excuse, but I do have ”Chemo Brain”, it’s like Brain Farts on steroids. Seriously. You can check out my blog about Woodworking For Therapy. If I had known having cancer was this much fun, I would have gotten it years ago!

-- I thank God for everything, especially all of you!

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