Large Cutting Board

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Project by Matt posted 03-21-2016 03:35 PM 1108 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This cutting board was for a great friend of ours. She had seen some of my others and wanted something large. She requested 14×20x1.5, this was the first time I had built a cutting board this size so as anything the learning curve was impressive. I am very happy with the final product and the look on her face was well worth the amount of time it took. Its a mixture of Maple, Cherry, and Apple for the end grain parts, the strips are Purple Heart and Maple.

I did get to make a massive crosscut sled because this wouldn’t fit in my old one so now I have a much larger capacity. I had to reach out the LJ world after the first time cutting this into my end grain sections. I had a lot of cupping in these pieces making the next glue up less than fun.
When it was all said and done I had to flatten the board about an 1/8” on both sides. As this isn’t the end of the world it took a lot longer than I anticipated.

This board also took more Mineral Oil than any other board I have ever oiled, around 14 oz to be specific. I was oiling it, walking away, wiping off the excess, oil again, wipe off, oil, wipe off oil. This lasted about 5 days before finally I said 4 coats a day x 5 days is enough, I finished it with Howard’s Butcher Block Conditioner.

Let me know what you guys think. Thanks for looking.

-- The more sawdust I make more I dont want to go to work! Is it worth it?

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#1 posted 03-21-2016 03:47 PM

Nice work!

-- Greg D, Cen. CA, "Keep it on the Level, Do it Right the First Time!"

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#2 posted 03-26-2016 12:23 AM

That’s a beautiful board but there may be some problems with expansion and contraction of the woods, end grain vs edge or face grain. What will eventually happen is the outer frame will develop gaps/cracks along the glue lines and then want to come apart. After that, the interior edge grain pieces will develop the same problem. It will take from 6 to 12 months and it will be coming apart at the seams. Next time make the frame and long purple heart??? run on end grain also and you will avoid this problem.

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