Cutting Board / Serving Tray

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Project by Derrek LeRouax posted 07-27-2009 12:52 AM 2424 views 6 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This plan came out of ShopNotes a while back. I have making this cutting board between remodel work to prep for our newest addition, expected in October. This one will be going to a buddy of mine for his wedding. He doesn’t know he is getting one, but I hope he likes it.

The board is edge grain hard maple. The inserts are cherry, and the pegs are mohogany. Titebond III used to join the edge grain boards, and everything else is friction fit. I took a heck of a lot of time making sure everything went together tight enough to make it that way. Finished dimensions are roughly 10”x15”x1”, with the finger hole piece being 3/8” thick.

The finish is Extra Virgin Olive Oil. I was always told that is the only thing to put on cutting boards. I guess old habits die hard.

Lessons Learned:
1. Buy a new table saw blade that produces a “flat top” cut when doing dados like this.
2. Be more careful with saw blade burn, as it took a heck of a long time to sand all that out…
3. Use more clamps. I used 4 on this board, but I still got a couple of slight gaps.

All comments welcome, as this is my first cutting board. Thanks guys!!!

-- Derrek L.

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John Stegall

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#1 posted 07-27-2009 01:33 AM

It looks great. Which issue of ShopNotes was this in. I need to make a couple for gifts.

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#2 posted 07-27-2009 03:01 AM

Dereck, Fine looking cutting board. I really like the design. Never know that was your first cutting board. Great job.

-- John @

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Tim Dorcas

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#3 posted 07-27-2009 05:12 AM

Great job! I’ve been thinking about making a couple since I’ve seen the plans. How long did it take to make it?

You can find a PDF of the plans here.

-- - A Woodworking & Renovation Blog & - I make. You buy.

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#4 posted 07-27-2009 05:43 AM

Hey Dereck nice board well done. Olive oil will turn rancid and cause health problems. Mineral oil does not go rancid. A better choice.


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#5 posted 08-08-2009 06:41 PM

Nice job!

That board, or one very much like it, was recently the subject of a Woodsmith TV episode under the title 7 Master Techniques. I just watched it the other evening and thought this would make a good project and Christmas gift item. You can view their free (and very detailed) plans for this at Classy Cutting Boards. They have large and small variations with and without a juice/blood groove.

All the usual disclaimers except that I am a long-time and happy subscriber.


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Derrek LeRouax

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#6 posted 08-08-2009 08:58 PM


That is the board. I am still not confident enough to start designing my own stuff, so I stick to plans I can get. I liked the plan, and it came out nice. I gave it to a friend of mine as wedding present yesterday, and his wife fell in love with it. I would recomend it to anyone, as the plan is easy to follow and the results are wonderful.

-- Derrek L.

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#7 posted 08-23-2009 02:41 AM

Mineral oil is the only one that won’t turn rancid on your boards…..I don’t know what will happen if you put Mineral Oil on for your next coat as the Olive oil soaks into the board , but it would be worth a try .
Did you use a jointer on the edges of your boards prior to being glued up , or do you think that the gaps are all due to the clamping process ?
Nice design : )

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#8 posted 08-23-2009 02:42 AM

i really like this design…and execution…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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