Natural-Edge Cutting/Serving Boards

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Project by Sawdustonmyshoulder posted 12-26-2014 07:31 PM 2329 views 7 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Several years ago, I got a three cherry trees that were cut down in the neighborhood by the power company. I had them sawed into 2” slabs. Now, I’m getting to make some projects with the slabs.

My first project is for Christmas gifts and I made 4 cutting/serving boards.

After flattening the tops with a scrub plane, jointing plane and power planner, I ran the tops through the drum sander, smoothed with a scraper plane and hand sanded them to 220 grit. I left some of the original sawmill marks on the bottom.

The feet were milled made from the same cherry stock. I made a template for cutting the sliding dovetails out of a piece of MDF. It was basically a rectangular piece to match the spacing of the legs. I used a 3/4” straight bit to hog out most to the waste and finished with a 11/16” dovetail bit. The legs are attached using one brass screw and NO GLUE.

The finish is 3 coats of mineral oil applied with a cotton rag and the excess is wiped off after about a 15 minute soak-in time.

-- The more skilled you are at something, the worse you are at it when someone is watching.

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#1 posted 12-27-2014 04:09 AM

Nice looking gifts, like the rustic look and design!

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#2 posted 12-27-2014 04:48 AM

Nice work!

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#3 posted 12-27-2014 02:18 PM

I likes them!!!
Well done.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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