Obligitory Cutting Board

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Project by hypnos posted 09-08-2009 04:38 AM 3247 views 12 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After getting both a used Ridgid 13” Planer and 6” Jointer on craigslist for less than the price of one I finally tackled this staple after getting to know the two machines and replacing the blades in the case of the jointer and reversing the blades on the planer. Just in time because the bamboo cutting board we had was split down the middle, was just holding together and surely growing all sorts of flora and fauna in it’s rough grain.

The only problem I had was on the first glue-up. I started gluing it on my “table saw” with the blade down (the afore-mentioned Skil saw which was a gift – I think one L is missing in Skil because even skill doesn’t quite cut it…) and realized as much as I detest the thing I didn’t want it covered in glue and I picked up the board and clamps and moved it to another surface, unbeknownst to me shifting some of the 1 1/2” square pieces up ever so slightly – I didn’t quite realize the value of clamping with cauls between the top and bottom at that point.

I then had to put it through the planer before cross cutting the next round and after flipping them end-grain up after the second cutting I noticed everything was slightly off square. With more jointing and planing it’s hardly noticeable (except to my father – a mechanic). To the untrained eye it looks pretty good and I’m happy with it. There will be many more chances to get it right before Christmas…

Before more cutting boards I’m debating whether or not I should build a crib for our baby myself or buy one – I’m not sure I can even get the lumber for less than the cost of a new (albeit shoddier) one, not even counting the cost of a better plunge router which I’d need and potentially a bandsaw (I may cut out the curves in the 3 in 1 wood magazine plan). If anyone has experience building that crib and can give me some advice on costs – I’m thinking black walnut and purple heart… I live in Kansas City and I’ve read about a home mill way out in Paola Kansas that may get me good prices on walnut…

Not hard to tell, but it’s maple and padauk – salad bowl finish.

-- David P., Kansas City

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#1 posted 09-08-2009 05:28 AM

Very nice work… I enjoy your choice and layout.

You mention a point worth considering… it is usually cheaper to buy than to build it yourself. Disgusting, but true. Economies of scale come into play. But then, if we can buy cheaper, why are we even attempting woodworking? Basically, it gets down to each individual’s perception of intrinsic value? More fun, enjoyment, pride to build than to buy… ?

Sorry, I slipped into a philosophical moment… I usually try to avoid that… won’t let it happen again…

BTW: I call K.C. my hometown even though I am way east of there… and I’m working with some Missouri walnut as we speak…

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#2 posted 09-08-2009 06:36 AM

That’s a great board and the color of the Padauk held true for you : ) Must be from the salad bowl finish because I just finished a board using Padauk and the MineralOil turned it way too dark for my tastes.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#3 posted 09-08-2009 07:22 AM

this is truly fantastic…i just bought some purple heart and maple to make my first ever boards…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#4 posted 09-08-2009 10:23 AM

I think you have done an amazing job… ,grain orientation is well thought out and executed,, you have made this look so easy.. I especially like the stripe across the end.
Are you sure this is your first time…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#5 posted 09-08-2009 10:42 AM

A mighty fine looking board. I love the bright colors and the combination straight and burl grains.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 09-08-2009 11:59 AM

Nice, very!

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#7 posted 09-08-2009 12:56 PM

The colors on your board really pop! Great combination together and the finish looks super! Great job all around.

-- John @

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#8 posted 09-08-2009 02:18 PM

great 1st board !
smooth and visual .

about the crib ,
the parts for them will eat you alive ,
unless you come up with your own
innovations ?

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#9 posted 09-08-2009 03:15 PM

Very nice looking board.

The padauk gives it a nice visual pop.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#10 posted 09-08-2009 04:07 PM

Looks Great congrats on the new tools


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#11 posted 09-08-2009 04:25 PM

very nice board
on the crib, yes you can buy it cheaper
but can you buy 1 in the type of woods your are talking about? i have never see a crib in walnut and purple heart this is where making it your self pays off as you can make it the way you want it to look and not settle for someone else’s design/wood choices
yes it will cost more but you are making a family heirloom that will more than likly last longer that the store bought 1 and and be a 1 of a kind
these are the reasons we are wood workers
just my $0.02

-- self proclaimed copycat

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#12 posted 09-08-2009 05:37 PM

Nice looking board. I like the end strip. BTW: A few miles west of KC on I-35 in the little town of Pamona there is a guy who sells a nice variety of lumber as an adjunct to his farming operation. He seems to operate by word of mouth only, so it is unlikely that you would have heard of him before now. Anyhow I think his prices are decent should you want to take a look at his walnut stock. Email me if you want more complete directions.

-- Rowdy in Kechi, Kansas

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#13 posted 09-08-2009 05:59 PM

Thanks for the kind words everyone. Another reason I hesitate on the crib is because the baby is currently co-sleeping with us – a crib also seems a little daunting having never worked with plans like this, and I’m worried it could end up taking way too long to complete. Having our bed back to ourselves is a sooner the better sort of thing. I do however have some vacation time I need to use up…
Rowdy – I will PM you, thanks for the heads up!

-- David P., Kansas City

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#14 posted 09-08-2009 07:04 PM

Very nice! I’ve wanted a planer for a while. If I show this to the Missus, maybe I can convince her how necessary it is! : )

-- John, Ontario, Canada

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#15 posted 09-09-2009 04:44 AM

Awesome first board hypnos. If you continue with this hobby, you’ll eventually realize that it’s always cheaper to “buy”, but it’s never like making your own. Good luck on whatever you decide to do. Maybe you’ll need the crib for the next child :).

-- Dale in Bellevue, NE

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