end grain cutting board #2: planing and sanding for hours

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Blog entry by bobasaurus posted 08-11-2014 03:55 AM 3421 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Finished up the cutting board today.

This old japanese plane has a wide mouth, so it works great for removing the glue squeeze-out stalactites.

Used the low angle jack plane for leveling the pieces and flattening the board. This took quite a while, but worked great. Chamfering the edges prevented any blow-out of the end grain.

I used a 1/8” roundover on the edges, then routed some handles in the sides with a 5/8” box core bit.

After some careful stop block placement on an auxiliary fence, I routed a juice groove on one face of the board (to keep meat juices from flowing over to the vegetable side). I used a 1/2” box core bit.

Close-up of the grooves.

After many hours of sanding, I finally applied the first coat of mineral oil. I’ll let this absorb, then another coat, then finish with a wax+mineral oil mix.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#1 posted 08-11-2014 04:02 AM

Very nice work Allen –
I love “illusions” in wood!!

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#2 posted 08-11-2014 05:51 AM

Thanks Dennie. I was really wishing I had your cutting board glue-up table for this project. I hope you’ll post a picture of it in action someday so I can figure out the clamp positions, etc.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#3 posted 08-11-2014 12:33 PM

Did you hold your breath the whole time you were doing the routing?
I would have passed out.

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#4 posted 08-11-2014 03:24 PM

Nicely Done! I appreciate the time and work that went into this.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#5 posted 08-13-2014 06:46 PM

Looks awesome!

-- When it feels like a job, it isn't a hobby anymore.

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