My First Cutting Board :)

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Project by azwoodman posted 12-23-2009 09:33 PM 2497 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I finally jumped on the band wagon and built a cutting board. It was really fun. I got to use my new rigid 13 inch planer and my new rigid 6 1/8 inch jointer. (I’ll probably do a review later on those…)

Its all hard maple and made into identically sized squares but I think it looks cool. I did take care to rotate each blank during the assembly to get an alternating grain pattern kinda giving it a checker board effect. The handles were routed out using a 1/2 inch straight bit and guide fences.

Finished with GF Salad Bowl Finish.

I gave the cutting board to my Mother in Law for her birthday and she loved it! Those brownie points will come in handy some day I’m sure…

-- Spencer, Gilbert Az (

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#1 posted 12-23-2009 09:59 PM

Spencer, it turned out great. Congrats. The finish looks really clean as well.

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#3 posted 12-23-2009 10:11 PM

The double sided handles look really cool.

Quick question for all those cutting board experts. I just built my own first set of boards in maple and also used GF salad bowl finish. Your pics show a lightening effect at the glue joints of the maple. I have the exact same effect in mine and I did an edge grain vs. your end grain. Does anyone have thoughts as to why/how this happens? Is it the glue’s penetration into the wood and not allowing the color to get in?

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#4 posted 12-24-2009 05:15 AM

I like the handles….good job..

-- ALS IK KAN “to the best of my ability,”

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#5 posted 12-24-2009 11:30 AM

Nice change on the design, love the handles.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 01-15-2010 06:59 PM

Very nice and the handles are unique : ) Your finish looks too nice to cut on though : )

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#7 posted 01-12-2011 04:01 AM

Great cutting board! Did you make the bread too?

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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