Cutting Board Rescue - The Hard Way

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Project by RussInMichigan posted 09-10-2015 09:21 PM 1663 views 3 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had this small cutting board, about 6” by 12”, that looked like it was made from a burl of some sort. Can anybody identify the wood species? Anyway, the board was split and cracked and warped, but that grain was so wonderful I couldn’t help but try to rescue the board.

I thought of inlaying the board into another one, but decided against that. What I did decide to do is resaw the board with a handsaw, then laminate it with some bloodwood to make a more substantial and stable board. From the images showing the edge you can see how the grain of the old board carries through the bloodwood. This was a challenge, but the result was worth it. I really like the appearance and the feel is magnificent.

Have a great day, lumberjocks.

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#1 posted 09-11-2015 02:38 AM

Wow thats a beauty! Nice save.

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#2 posted 09-11-2015 02:39 AM

It looks like olive wood. I like the contrasting colors with the fix.

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#3 posted 09-11-2015 03:05 AM
Looking at this I would say olive wood .
Great looking board and a nice restore !


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#4 posted 09-11-2015 03:44 AM

I would say olive as well. But it could be salted apple but it’s rare to get salted apple that wide

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#5 posted 09-11-2015 05:24 AM

Thank you for sharing! Did you use any jig for hand splitting the board? Did you hand plane before laminating? Thanks, h.

-- "If you're not counting the ripples when throwing pebbles in the water, you're wasting your time."

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#6 posted 09-11-2015 09:57 AM

Thanks for the feedback, Lumberjocks.

harum, I did not us any jig for resawing the board. I marked a line around the perimeter, then I secured it in a vise and sawed away with a regular ol’ hand saw. The board I started with was too uneven for me to use the table saw and I it wouldn’t fit through my bandsaw. So, I sliced it edgewise with a hand saw.

Once I had the two parts separated, I did flatten them a bit with the hand plane, but only enough for them to have a stable ride through the drum sander. To use the drum sander I put the book matched faces up and attached them with double-sided tape to a carrier board. To avoid rocking I shimmed them in place with playing cards. Once the book matched faces were flattened with 80 grit on the drum sander I hand sanded them to 150. Then, I immediately did the glue up. At this point only one face of each piece was flat so I used 3/4” plywood padded with dense carpet as clamping cauls. I used lots of clamps and retightened every 15 minutes for about an hour since the carpeting is so compressible. I left it clamped up for about a day. Out of the clamps I made a few swipes with the hand plane so it wouldn’t wobble through the drum sander. Then, I made many light passes on the thinner side, assessing high spots and uniformity of the layer, and reshimming where needed. Once the thin side was flat I brought the thicker side down to the same thickness. The final overall thickness is about 3/4”. From there I fixed the irregularities in the board’s shape with the spindle sander, routed the edges, drilled the hole, sanded up to 220 and oiled it.

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#7 posted 09-11-2015 11:59 AM

Great job

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#8 posted 09-11-2015 12:09 PM

Nicely done!! It is great to save the old for a new use.

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#9 posted 09-11-2015 03:05 PM

looks great

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#10 posted 09-11-2015 05:27 PM

Very nice Russ. I have a piece of spalted maple that look similar to your cutting board.

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#11 posted 09-11-2015 08:56 PM

My guess was spalted maple but what do I know other than that board is a REALLY attractive piece. What makes it more attractive is what you had to go thru to accomplish such a beautiful end result.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#12 posted 09-12-2015 12:05 AM

That’s a great looking cutting board—I love that wild grain! And nice save of this beautiful board!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#13 posted 09-12-2015 01:22 AM

did it have an odor of olive when you cut it? i was thinking possibly elm…

-- You know I'm on the level 'cause my bubble's in the middle.

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#14 posted 09-12-2015 09:46 AM

Thanks, all you lumberjocks. It was a pleasant time in the shop. The board is on display at the Wood Expo in Charlotte, MI and the visitors respond well to it.

Have a great day.

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#15 posted 09-14-2015 07:38 AM

I would say olivewood, I love the stuff but its expensive

-- You never cut a piece to short, you are just prepping that piece for a future project

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