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05-02-2010 08:07 PM

Topic tags/keywords: cuttingboardchoppingblock question oak walnut

I want to build my wife a beautiful Cuttingboard from walnut and oak. I have the material but no ideas. I think i’m at the last stage of a beginning woodworking. So I would like to build something that’s really pleasing to the eye. Where can i find some nice plans for one.

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#1 posted 05-02-2010 10:06 PM

Just serch teh porjects on here, lots of them,

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#2 posted 05-02-2010 10:29 PM

Here is a free plan from Woodsmith.

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#3 posted 05-02-2010 10:54 PM

I would recommend against oak. It’s too open grain for a cutting board.

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#4 posted 05-03-2010 12:38 AM

The Oak Open grain thing has come up a few times lately. I know it is a open grain wood that can capture food and bacteria however when I use Red Oak in a cutting board I’ll finish it with the Salad Bowl finish cut 50% with mineral spirits and give it a couple good sandings in between coats. I have found This method really fills in the pores of the Oak and once cured the salad bowl finish eliminates the open grain problems. I would not finish a Oak board with Mineral oil. So go ahead with the oak just apply the correct finish. I think Walnut and Oak should be a neat combo, think I’ll give it a try.

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#5 posted 05-03-2010 07:17 AM

Sounds like a lot of work porosky…If you use white oak, the grain is closed due to the tyloses and all you have to do is seal it with a beeswax cream.

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#6 posted 05-03-2010 07:23 AM

Greetings James:....... Cutting boards are a great way to hone your skills with different machines, and makes good practice in the shop. They are easy and fun to build, but some woods are not meant to be used in
I’ve made a bunch, and the best woods are walnut, maple, purpleheart, and any tight-grained species. But as stated before, open-grained woods like oak, pine, others are not good to use. I have heard that white oak will work cause it’s tight grained, but have never tried it, so I can’t confirm that….. some even use bloodwood, but some people have a reaction to the dust from this wood, like eyes watering, runny nose, swelling, redness, etc. A couple of cases have been reported here on LJs to that effect….. be careful what you use…some also have the same reaction as stated from walnut dust… depends if you have allergies or not…..

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#7 posted 05-03-2010 07:54 AM

White oak isn’t tight grained, it has big pores. You can see them with the naked eye. It is a closed grain oak, unlike the red oaks. That’s why it’s used in wine barrels. White oak is okay to use as long as you seal the pores with either beeswax or like porosky said…His way just seems like a lot of work….James, do you know what kind of oak you have? If it’s red and you absolutely want to use it, try to use it as a border only…

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