Non-Exploding Cutting Board

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Project by Steve Kreins posted 04-13-2014 05:49 AM 2227 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.

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#1 posted 04-13-2014 05:57 AM

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

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#2 posted 04-13-2014 09:56 AM

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.

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#3 posted 04-13-2014 11:35 AM

Great job. Turned out great

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#4 posted 04-13-2014 12:49 PM

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

best wishes

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#5 posted 04-13-2014 01:47 PM

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

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#6 posted 04-13-2014 02:04 PM

It’s very clean work and nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#7 posted 04-13-2014 06:38 PM

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?

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#8 posted 04-13-2014 09:01 PM

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.

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#9 posted 04-13-2014 10:40 PM

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 04-14-2014 02:17 AM

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 04-14-2014 03:59 PM

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 04-19-2014 04:21 PM

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

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#13 posted 04-19-2014 04:46 PM

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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