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Forum topic by ScottStewart posted 09-20-2012 03:07 AM 924 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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09-20-2012 03:07 AM

So I am making my first end grain cutting board, nothing too fancy, some walnut and hard maple in a checkerboard pattern. I had some burn marks on my first board, and I cleaned them out using a router jig to level the endgrain. Are there any secrets to not getting too much dust carryover from one species to another when sanding? I have seen one video with paduk and maple where the gentleman put a coat of finish on before sanding. I am planning on using salad bowl finsih on these since I don’t think the reciepents will keep up with an oil schedule.

All thoughts appreciated, Thanks.


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#1 posted 09-21-2012 01:49 PM

I’m currently working on a few boards with maple and purpleheart. I too use the router to level one side then use my drum sander to level the other side, and then remove the tool marks from the router. I’m starting with 80 grit on the drum sander. I then use my random orbit sander first 100, 120, 180 then the final at 220. I wipe between each grit with a damp sponge using water only, letting the board dry between wipes. After the final sanding with 220, I use compressed air to blow off the dust, and don’t have any dust carryover that I can detect. I use mineral oil with some bees wax for my finishes.

The idea of using the salad bowl finish is interesting prior to sanding. I’ve made a few boards over the years. Each time I do these I’ve made some improvements in technique. The improvements come from doing some experimentation. This is the fun part for me. May I suggest doing some experimentation and update the post with your results.

-- Nicky

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