My First Cutting Board

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Project by GunsOfNavarone posted 07-11-2016 08:10 PM 1226 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is my first cutting board, and I now understand the amount of work that goes into an end grain board. I built them mostly as a learning experience, and I’m not likely to do one this complex again (both because of the amount of work and the amount of wood you use making cuts). The boards are about 12×15 and made of walnut, maple, and cherry. I built these based on some of the “chaotic pattern” boards from MTMWood. In hindsight I wish I had used more walnut to give it more variation, but I’m happy with how it turned out. I finished it with 4 coats of mineral oil and one coat of beeswax/carnauba wax/orange oil mix. I’ll keep one for myself, and gift one.

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#1 posted 07-11-2016 08:27 PM

Nice job. Cutting boards can be addicting

-- Schooled in the advanced art of sawdust and woodchip manufacturing.

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#2 posted 07-12-2016 03:12 AM

Looks great! I like a lot of the work put out by MTMWood as well. Thanks for sharing!

-- VR, Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

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#3 posted 07-12-2016 03:47 AM

Very interested to see this project. I’m a fairly newbie and I’ve had a go at end grain cutting boards. They came out ok (I’ll post some pix to my projects soon) but I wasn’t as ambitious as this. I love the chaotic theme, really want to try that myself. Might like to pick your brain sometime…

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#4 posted 07-12-2016 12:48 PM

Thanks everyone! Ardubya I’m a newbie myself, which is probably why I was crazy enough to try this board. Honestly it wasn’t hard, but the problems I encountered were:

-These ended up being expensive boards because I bought a lot of pricey lumber, and ended up losing a lot of wood from the blade kerf and planing. I didn’t really foresee this issue, but I was initially thinking I’d get like 4 boards out of it and I ended up with two and a few coasters (which I still need to finish). Do your best to get good straight cuts, and take time in glue-up to minimize the amount you need to plane.

-I would’ve used more walnut or boards with more color. I used a lot of cherry to save a little money, and I didn’t get the variation in colors that I was hoping for.

-The more cuts you make, the more chaotic your pattern will be. I wanted to do another pass on these, but I was worried I wouldn’t get two boards if I did another pass. If I had the money or the lumber, I would’ve made about 5 of these at the same time. The more lumber you have, the more panels you can make, and the more varied your pattern will be. I made two panels initially, I think I would’ve made about 3 or 4 if I were to do it again. I had already exceeded my budget on the lumber, so I couldn’t justify any more.

Those were my lessons learned on this board. It really was a fun project, and if I can get a good deal on enough lumber, I’d consider doing another one. I’m almost done with a more simple ash end grain board that I’m planning on gifting, and I’ll post that when it’s complete as well. If you’ve got any specific questions I’m happy to offer any insight I can!

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#5 posted 07-13-2016 06:32 PM

Very interesting patern here. Not bad at all for the first time.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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