Long Grain Cutting Board

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Project by TomFran posted 08-07-2007 01:39 AM 3491 views 7 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This cutting board is made from maple and walnut. This was the first project that I was able to do because of my new Ridgid planer. It was so neat after gluing the pieces together, to plane it, and have it come out, like magic, all the same thickness and actually shiny.

I gave it to my son who will be moving out of town into his own apartment , where he will begin his post graduate work at the University of South Carolina.

Construction notes:
  • The board is 10” x 13” x 13/16”
  • If you’re going to run the board through your planer after glue-up, remember to keep your grain running in the same direction, or you could have some unsightly tear-out which will have to be sanded away.
  • I used a 1/4” roundover bit on the router to ease all the edges.
  • I used Titebond III waterproof glue.
  • I finished it with wiping varnish (50/50 salad bowl finish) upon the suggestion of “Thewoodwhisperer,” followed by a couple of coats of wax.

Note: I made one of these for my wife 20+ years ago, and she’s still using it. Every so often, I take it out to the shop and give it a few swipes with my fore plane, reapply some mineral oil, and it looks like new again.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#1 posted 08-07-2007 01:44 AM

Excellent looking cutting board. Great combination of woods. I am sure your son will get some use out of it. Planers are nice to have when it comes to projects like this one….

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#2 posted 08-07-2007 01:44 AM

Tom, it turned out great! Glad you like the Ridged planer, I think you will be very happy with your choice.

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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#3 posted 08-07-2007 02:07 AM

Thanks Max and Greg,

I’m glad that I viewed some cutting board projects on this site before I made this one, because little tips like, keeping the grain all in the same direction, can be important.

I was in a hurry to make something so I could plane it, and so this was quick and easy, and my son loves it.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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Greg Mitchell

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#4 posted 08-07-2007 02:13 AM

Nice looking cutting board Tom. I’m glad you got you a planer. My Ridgid planer has been a great machine.

-- Greg Mitchell--Lowell, [email protected]

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#5 posted 08-07-2007 02:20 AM

Thanks Greg,

It really does open up a whole bunch of new project options. I could have made this by using my hand planes, but I can really knock one out with this planer.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#6 posted 08-07-2007 02:31 AM

Hello Tom,

Great wood choice! It will be a shame to use it.

Nice job!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#7 posted 08-07-2007 02:39 AM

Thanks a lot Lee,

Not much of a project compared to guys like you and Mark (DeCou), but it’s still fun and rewarding.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#8 posted 08-07-2007 02:56 AM

Very cool. Sounds like your liking the jointer. Er, Planer.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Thos. Angle

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#9 posted 08-07-2007 03:48 AM

Yae Raa for the planer. Glad you got one , buddy. Looking good. Nothing beats just good wood plain and simple!!! And I do mean that.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#10 posted 08-07-2007 04:26 AM


Thanks for rejoicing with me. I am grateful to have acquired it, and will try to put it to good use making useful and beautiful things out of wood.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#11 posted 08-07-2007 04:35 AM

There’s no holding him back now!

Great job Tom.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#12 posted 08-07-2007 08:02 AM

Great Job On the Cutting block. Just remind him to cut on only one side and leave the other side up for viewing.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#13 posted 08-07-2007 09:39 AM

Tom, nice wood combo and the right food-safe choice for a finish.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#14 posted 08-07-2007 09:48 AM

Very nice work Tom!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#15 posted 08-07-2007 02:01 PM


Thanks a lot!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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