Yet Another Cutting Board (Walnut, Maple, Padouk)

  • Advertise with us
Project by TimBridge posted 12-24-2014 08:18 PM 2083 views 8 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this edge grain cutting board for my Christmas for my new brother-in-law. Every time he comes over, he compliments our cutting boards that I made so I decided to make him his own for the holiday.

It’s made from Walnut, Maple, and a strip of Padouk. I hand chamfered the edges and routed handles on the sides.

I screwed up while routing the handles and made a huge gouge in the side of the piece. To fix this, I squared up the accidental cut with chisels and cut a patch piece that matched the grain pretty well out of some spare walnut scrap. I used CA glue to affix it in place and a flush trim saw to level it up with the rest of the board’s faces. I then used wood filler to fill in any gaps and sanded. You can see a bit of the patch in the closest corner in the pictures.

Sanded from 6-220 then 400 and finished with mineral oil and beeswax.

-- Tim Bridge, Northern NJ,"Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don't." Pete Seeger

4 comments so far

View DonB's profile


586 posts in 3665 days

#1 posted 12-24-2014 09:20 PM

TimB: I appreciate the choice of woods for a beautiful contrast. Really well done. From another “B”. Yup, Bridge is plentiful up there in NE. There are only three down here in the Pensacola, FL area. They insist on putting an “s” on the name all the time. Anyway, very nice board. Enjoy and Merry Christmas to you also.

-- DonB

View TimBridge's profile


36 posts in 2545 days

#2 posted 12-24-2014 10:43 PM

@DonB, Thank you for your kind words and Merry Christmas as well!

I have a funny story regarding the “s” that is so often slapped on to my singular surname: When I first started dating my now wife and for a good 3-4 years after, her entire family would always refer to my last name as the plural “Bridges” no matter how many times I corrected them. Once I popped the question, suddenly everyone knew that it was in fact the singular Bridge and all correspondence with it written suddenly had it spelled correctly! I suppose that once it was realized “Hey, our daughter/cousin/niece/etc. will soon be a Bridge, they all magically knew there was no ’s’!

Anyways, thanks again!

-- Tim Bridge, Northern NJ,"Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don't." Pete Seeger

View Ivan's profile


16523 posts in 3840 days

#3 posted 12-29-2014 08:11 AM

This one is realy classy and elegant.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

View chilimac's profile


29 posts in 3870 days

#4 posted 01-02-2015 10:18 PM

The board looks great, can barely see the repair in the first two photos.

Question about the padouk. I recently used some on a jewelry box for my wife. It seems to have a lot of little open striations, only about an eighth of an inch long or less. They’re not very deep. No matter how much shaping and sanding they’re there. Is this normal for padouk? If so, do you just seal the hell out of it so you don’t get food debris in the crevices on a cutting board?

-- Big discoveries don't go "Eureka!", they go "Huh. That's funny..." They just as frequently go *bang* and *woosh*...

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics