Five Cutting Boards

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Project by Mr M's Woodshop posted 08-21-2014 07:11 AM 1927 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My latest batch of cutting boards had both end grain and edge grain.

Picture # 1 is Walnut, Hard Maple & Padauk. Great working with the Padauk … but I’m now out. No more color accents until it goes on sale somewhere!

Picture # 2 is my puzzle board. When I sliced the first glue up to make end grain pieces, I found that the board as presented was a little asymmetrical, so that it would never line up well enough to suit me … so I jumbled the pieces & trimmed the sides to make a total mess of a board. VERY unusual for me, and people seem to like it for that reason. Works for me! Walnut, Hard Maple and Jatoba.

Picture # 3 is simple: Walnut & Hard Maple. Simple is best, I always think.

The original board in picture # 4 was too big after I glued it up, I decided, so I cut it in half to make 2 matched 12”x12” boards. These could be cutting boards, serving boards … the customer will know when they see it. Hard Maple, Padauk, Yellowheart and Walnut.

Part of the process for me is figuring things out as I go … and adjusting the result as needed to fit with what the wood gives me. If I wasn’t flexible, I would never be happy with many of my end results. That may be a comment on my craftsmanship … but it’s my hobby, and I’ll relax my way, thank you.

All boards get all edges rounded over, as well as routed hand holds on each end. Finish is mineral oil, with a mineral oil/beeswax topcoat. Non-skid rubber feet are attached with stainless steel screws.

Comments, criticisms & cheap hardwood in Southern California always welcome.

-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA,

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#1 posted 08-21-2014 08:30 AM

great looking boards Henry will be out of my shop for 12 days starting today demonstrating at the New York State Fair the use of hand tools in The Agricultural Museum a lot of fun with shaving horse spring Pole Lathe treadle Scroll saw hand planes etc.

-- woodnutbob

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#2 posted 08-21-2014 12:50 PM

no criticisms required, and I do think we can label you the cutting board king. I have watched how quickly you have gone from newbie hobbyist to skilled craftsman in a very short time, and I’m jealous that you have the time and commitment to really make a go of it. Inspirational to say the least.

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#3 posted 08-21-2014 01:36 PM

nice work Henry. good luck finding padauck on sale. Im in Las vegas and the only supplier charged $12.25 a board ft. beautiful wood but very pricey…....

-- phil, nevada

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#4 posted 08-21-2014 02:13 PM

Thanks, guys! This padauk was $6.99 at the Pasadena Rockler several months ago. Some of the pieces had more than normal waste, but the price was certainly right.

-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA,

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#5 posted 08-23-2014 12:22 AM

I’ve recently got started making cutting boards. These are really nice. Opens my ideas up of combos. I do wish I had some more hardwoods to play with. Right now just walnut, cheery and maple.

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#6 posted 08-23-2014 01:21 AM

Walnut, Cherry & Hard Maple are the 3 classic woods for cutting boards. Nothing wrong with them!

My last commission was for 2 pure hard maple boards. One is an end grain; one is an in-counter bread board. I told the client she could have ANYTHING … she wanted hard maple.

So I bought the wood today!

-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA,

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