Mother's Day Cutting Board

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Project by drmfreek posted 05-13-2014 04:25 PM 2715 views 3 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first cutting board, I went the route of getting 1.5” high x 12” long pieces at my local WoodCraft, for about $20. My mom’s birthday falls near Mother’s Day, so it seemed a good time to try making a cutting board. There is padauk, Brazilian cherry, bubinga, yellow heart, red oak, maple, and curly maple.

I’ve had rough times before doing glue ups like this, so I took the time to make a doweling jig to put pins in the faces of all the pieces. It did help quite a bit. I then lucked out and a local cabinet shop sent it through their 36” drum sander for free. That saved me a lot of time. I did still send it through my own planer, but just 2-3 very light passes. I had to glue sacrificial boards to each side (longer than the cutting board) since my planer likes to snipe.

I routed out some cutouts on the bottom for finger clearance, with the jig shown. I wanted to do something other than just a rectangular cutout, so I put small triangles in the corner of the jig. Finally I routed a juice groove on top. Most guidance I saw had this performed at the router table, but on a few test boards I was having a hard time matching the grooves at the corner. So I did it with a small palm router and an edge guide. I made two simple stops by first routing a test board on one side past the intersection. Then I put the router around the corner, and rested the bit in the 1st groove. Then it was a simple process to make a stop for the router’s current position. Repeat for the other side (giving you left hand and right hand stops).

I used Howard cutting board oil, mostly because that was what was available at Home Depot.

I am pleased with it for a first try, and now my wife and mother-in-law know I can make one for them..

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#1 posted 05-13-2014 04:53 PM

Nice gift.Wonderfull colours!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 05-14-2014 07:59 PM

Looks real good for a first board. I need to make one of those for my Daughter if I can just manage to get the time to get over to the shop and do it.

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