Cutting boards for Christmas

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Project by ghazard posted 12-05-2008 05:16 PM 2826 views 5 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m on the bandwagon! My first attempt at cutting boards. Wood is Maple, Walnut, Cherry and Purpleheart. I flattened them with the router jig…which worked great! I fought some tearout when routing the edges…which I am quite sure is my technique…working on that! When they were finished but before routing the edges I really liked the squared off look they had. So I went with the chamfered edges instead of rounding them over.

The 3 with purple heart in them are finished with mineral oil. The other three are finished with Good Stuff maple butcher block finish from the Michigan Maple Block Co. I was experimenting with the two options. Mineral oil wins…as I should have known it would. But I love the Good Stuff finish for a general purpose clear finish.

Hope you like.

-- "Hey, you dang woodchucks! Quit chuckin' my wood!"

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#1 posted 12-05-2008 08:12 PM

nice looking boards.
I have one I need to finish up this weekend.

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#2 posted 12-05-2008 08:17 PM

Nice boards, I really like the one with the PH cut at 45 deg on both ends, that gives me some ideas. Thanks for posting.

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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#3 posted 12-05-2008 10:13 PM

You and that darn router jig…. Good job. Don’t feel bad about the tear out, it is hard to prevent. I have found that the drum sander works the best for me. You might try a belt sander too, or just trim the edges after you level them on that contraption you built! :)

-- Rich in Richmond -- Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

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#4 posted 12-06-2008 01:50 AM

Very nice!

-- Joe Corbett 239-303-0101

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#5 posted 12-06-2008 02:06 AM

These are really nice looking boards. The purple heart gives them a distinctive look. I am debating “getting on the bandwagon” as well and these boards certainly an inspiration.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#6 posted 12-06-2008 04:35 AM

I like the chamfered ends and your designs.
I have made some for Christmas and have more to work on this weekend.

-- Ron Central, CA

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#7 posted 12-06-2008 08:12 PM

Beautiful cutting boards with great combination of wood and nice finish. I feel sorry that they will be used for cutting and loose thir look.

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#8 posted 12-06-2008 10:34 PM

Great boards. I like the purpleheart parallelogram on the one.

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#9 posted 12-07-2008 07:31 AM

Great looking boards , I like the designs you made . The three in the middle are some of my favorites . I’m about to make a few boards for gifts too . My hardwood guy suggested “Good Stuff ” to use as a finish , how was it to work with and how many coats did you use ? I see you liked the mineral oil better , what did you like better about it over the Good Stuff ?

Regards Jerry

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#10 posted 12-08-2008 04:08 PM

Jerry…the Good Stuff finish is a gel which makes it super easy to apply…and it is. I put on just one coat but I think I am going to do one more…just to be sure it is sealed well. A few downsides to the Good Stuff finish for a cutting board. 1. It smells like a varnish. The smell is going away some but it is not an attractive smell for a kitchen item, IMO. 2. When it gets a cut in it, what do you do to reseal? I am recommending that mineral oil be rubbed into the cuts to keep them sealed instead of refinishing with more Good Stuff as that will bring back the varnish smell. 3. They seem slippery. I have not cut on them yet as I am giving them away but as soon as they are unwrapped on Christmas morning I am confiscating them and cutting some fruits and veggies…with the new owners, of course!

With mineral oil, the board keeps a “wood” feel, is easy to reseal, and has no odor…doesn’t even smell like wood. My biggest fear with the mineral oil, and the reason I wanted to try an alternative, was that it would stay oily to the touch. It does not…after a few light rinses. The large board with the three PH stripes is the one I am keeping and I have used it a few times now…I love it.

All that considered, I keep coming back to the fact that all the butcher block tops that my hardwood store sells are all finished with Good Stuff…so it must work well. Plus with light use I can see that it would last much longer without maintenance than an oil board. So…I have narrowed it down to the following to make this decision in the future. If the board is going to see high use as a true cutting board, mineral oil. If it is more decorative or will be used as a serving board or similar, Good Stuff.

Hope that helps.

-- "Hey, you dang woodchucks! Quit chuckin' my wood!"

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#11 posted 12-08-2008 04:24 PM

Nice looking boards.They will make great gifts.

-- Dustygirl..Hastings,Ontario.. How much wood can 1 gal chuck if 1 gal can't cut wood?

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#12 posted 01-05-2009 02:12 PM

Nice boards! I like your router jig that you used to flatten the boards. I use Walnut oil for the boards that I make as it has no residue and is food friendly.


-- Henno

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#13 posted 08-06-2009 07:20 PM

These are beautiful. The one at the top left in the main picture is my favorite. :)

-- Tiffany Jeanne Balk ~ Labor, Live, Love, Learn, Repeat.

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#14 posted 03-16-2010 08:46 PM

Very nice color / wood combinations : )

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#15 posted 10-23-2011 05:03 AM

Very nice boards. For a “final” finish after 3 or 4 soakings of mineral oil, I’ve used a combination of beeswax and mineral oil. Heat the mineral oil along with a 1 to 6 mix of shaved beeswax (1 part beeswax/6parts mineral oil). BTW, it does NOT melt in a microwave.

The beeswax melts and combines with the mineral oil. When it cools, it looks and acts like a paste wax. Two good rubbed-in coats of that and the cutting board is definitely waterproof and looks good. To refinish if it needs it, just rub in another coat of the paste.

When I give my boards as gifts, I usually include a small 2 or 3 oz container of the paste wax with instructions.

Hope this helps.

-- Jim, Maryland

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