Cutting Board for wedding gift

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Buddy of mine finally ran out of steam, er can’t run any more, er… um, is getting married this Saturday. and I decided that a cutting board would be a fine wedding present.

2 slightly different toned Maple boards, some Chocolate (Walnut) and a slab of Cherry made up this solid end grain board. 11.5” x 17” x 2” thick. The usual process:
rip, glue up boards on the flat
plane to smooth
cut apart
flip up on end
glue back together
plane to smooth them off (sacrificial softwood boards on the ends for the end grain planing)
trim to square (and to remove the softwood)
round over all edges with 3/8” RO bit
sand to 220
oil with mineral oil til the board won’t take any more…

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1

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#1 posted 09-18-2009 05:25 AM

very nice ,
solid .

and a great gift !

-- 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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#2 posted 09-18-2009 05:44 AM

Another buddy on the old chopping block, best wish and nice work…Blkcherry

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#3 posted 09-18-2009 05:59 AM

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Bob A in NJ

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#4 posted 09-18-2009 06:11 AM

I’ve been planning on making one of these boards. I like the designs built into all of these types. Being a LJ, I think these are great.

Will share an experience with you from Labor Day while visiting my mother in law. She uses a board about 3/4” thick, just like my wife. So, we get on the topic of cutting boards and my MIL takes a thick board like yours from the top of her fridge. It was a big beefy unit, made by her grandson, but the complaint was “It’s too heavy for daily use”.

So, I learned that, while a cool design, nice and thick for guys is ok, a thinner board is what the ladies in my family want. So, if I make one like this, I’ll re-saw and have two cutting boards for great gifts vs just one.

-- Bob A in NJ

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#5 posted 09-18-2009 06:27 AM

this looks great…like bob…I am getting close to making my first ones…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#6 posted 09-18-2009 06:28 AM

hey—-you put tags—-thank you!!! but add “cutting board” as another tag…this helps all those looking for cutting boards…if you want to see samples—-they all pop up with that tag…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#7 posted 09-18-2009 10:24 AM

Bob, I’ll keep that in mind for next time, I know that in my own house, my wife Loves having a massive board, as it won’t move around on the counter as much. Plus I model mine on the ones on Food network… which are meant to be on display on the counter.. not exactly ‘real world’ kitchens I know, but hey, they LOOK cool don’tcha know.
Oh, and as for cutting boards which see a lot of use, check out my projects… where there were three boards… one large and two small. the large one is on my sink right now, the two smaller ones are in my friends’ kitchens.

Matt, Done… I even added ‘end grain’ too. Meta tags make html and searching so much easier, one of the best features that we have here at LJ.

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1

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#8 posted 09-18-2009 11:12 AM

Wonderful board and a perfect wedding gift. They will probably want to keep it forever. I’m absolutely certain you will be resurfacing that board one day, maybe even several times.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 09-18-2009 12:20 PM

Mike, I’d be more than happy to do so for them. at over 2” thick It sure has the potential to last awhile.

oh, and Titebond III so it will stand up to water pretty well too.

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1

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#10 posted 09-18-2009 02:26 PM

Yes Ned the Titebond III is good stuff. I have a bottle of it, but I only use it on special occasions since it’s so expensive here in Norway.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 09-18-2009 06:12 PM

Very nice work. I’m looking to make my first boards very soon and projects like this are great for inspiration!

-- John, Ontario, Canada

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#12 posted 09-18-2009 07:11 PM

I love the symmetry you have created with the contrasting woods. Looks awesome. Thank you for the step by step as well. I’m on the cusp of trying my hand at cutting boards for gifts this year and it helps to see some dimensions and rough steps outlining the process.

This really turned out nice.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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#13 posted 09-18-2009 08:19 PM

Great and beautiful cutting board. Stand up to the best.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#14 posted 09-18-2009 10:15 PM

Thanks all, John, when you get that round tuit (mclean too), just remember to glue on the scrap boards on the end. I use 2x material cut to the same height as the board and glued up when doing the main end grain glue up. Then, when you’re taking material off with the planer (presuming you do), take lots of very light passes or you Will bog down your planer. That end grain is tough stuff if you don’t respect it. There are many out there who make my poor efforts look average…but again, thanks for the kind words.

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1

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#15 posted 09-19-2009 01:07 AM

I like the color combination.

-- I don't make mistakes, only design

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