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Forum topic by christopheralan posted 11-26-2008 05:41 PM 1778 views 1 time favorited 17 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-26-2008 05:41 PM

Little help. Someone please explain to me what is the deal with everyone making cutting boards. They look great, and are functional, but why is everyone doing it? Is it the new thing to make? Is it like pen turning, where once you start, you have to keep making them?

Don’t get me wrong. I love the designs and I think they are great, but why are so many people making them?

-- christopheralan

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#1 posted 11-26-2008 05:45 PM

I’ve never made one, but my guess is that you can make them from scraps, and they make good Christmas gifts.

-- Brian

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#2 posted 11-26-2008 06:14 PM

We made 5 last Christmas and everyone loved them, so much they were afraid to use them.
They are also an enjoyable project that doesn’t cost alot $$.


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#3 posted 11-26-2008 06:17 PM

You will have to blame it on the wood whisperer. He did a video blog on building them this summer, and just like that everyone is doing them for Christmas.

-- Rich in Richmond -- Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

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#4 posted 11-26-2008 07:22 PM

I made one before the WODWHISPER’s video. I am a hobbist and learning different techniques. The one I made is from the WOODSMITH MAGIZINE that had curved ends and etc. On a fixed income they are less expensive and I hone my woodworking skills. I made six this year as Christmas gifts for sisters and nieces.

-- Bill - If I knew GRANDKIDS were so much fun I would have had them first.

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#5 posted 11-26-2008 07:37 PM

I enjoy making them because everyone I’ve given one too really loves them. Is there a better reason to make anything?

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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#6 posted 11-26-2008 08:17 PM

The upside, as mentioned, is that they are pretty cheap to make using scraps. There is also an endless number of variations in pattern and shape you can do with them. I made my first two recently, but I didn’t post them because there are just so many posted here already.

The downside for me is that, without access to a drum sander, flattening them is pretty tedious and time-consuming.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 11-26-2008 08:24 PM

Many of us have been making them for years. For the reasons mentioned above, Cheap and easy, plus they are “treasured” gifts. Have you priced even cheaply made bamboo cutting boards lately? For the price of a bamboo cutting board that’s just for cutting fruits for bars, (roughly 5”x7”) they want way too much money. People will pay for a nice cutting board, so there’s another reason to make them.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#8 posted 11-28-2008 01:49 AM

When I was a kid my next door neighbor who was three years older taught me how to yo-yo, spin a top, ride a bike and numerous other things, some of which shouldn’t be mentioned. After a month or two of yo-yoing or whatever, he would get bored with it and move onto something else just about the time I was getting the hang of it. When he brought out the new item to play with I asked him why the change? He would always reply that it was now top (or whatever) season and we had to change. That convinced me and for a long time I was thoroughly convinced there were specific toy seasons.

So if you didn’t know, this year has been “cutting board season” and you need to get with it as you are quickly running out of time. Next year it will be “bird house season” and I’ll expect you to get an early start.


-- Always remember half of the people in this country are below average.

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#9 posted 11-29-2008 09:29 PM

Bird house season? Woohoo, can’t wait! :)

Seriously… looking forward to it…

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#10 posted 11-30-2008 12:29 AM

It’s a great way to use up rip offcuts and other scraps, folks love gettin’ ‘em as gifts and they’re a
good way to do something fairly simple in between other longer, larger projects.

-- Gary, Florida

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#11 posted 11-30-2008 06:19 AM

Cutting boards were realpopular back in 1990 -1992 when I was making humidors by the score. I never could get into the cutting boards when I was selling humidors as fast as I could make them. I watched them wane in popularity, and now I am watching them come back in . . . . cutting boards that is.

-- "Sure, listen to what the experts have to say, just don't let it get in the way of your woodworking."

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#12 posted 11-30-2008 06:42 AM

Cheap, easy and make great gifts. I just finished 7 bread boards that I will post latter. They are fun to make and you use a number of your tools to make them. However if you are making a number at a time you never have enough clamps.

-- Ron Central, CA

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#13 posted 11-30-2008 08:53 AM

I agree with Chris mates, what the heck! Really, can you think of nothing better to do with your scraps than make cutting boards. I have a ton of fall off and I’ve mangaged to only ever make one cutting board and it was a big butcher block top for a cabinet for my wife. Do the over flowed market of cutting boards a favor and save your scraps for original ideas. Oh and here’s one now, how bout a forum of projects to use up you fall off.

-- Rogue

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#14 posted 12-01-2008 02:39 AM

I just can’t imagine someone telling other woodworkers what projects they need to make…....... makes no sense at all. I’ve never made a cutting board, but I will eventually….... And, I love looking at the cutting boards that LJs display on this site. Keep putting them together guys and gals….....

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#15 posted 12-01-2008 04:38 PM

I am going to go head down to the shop and use up a few scraps on a cutting board just for fun now :)

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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