A Covey Of Cutting Boards

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Project by lobro4 posted 05-20-2010 12:48 AM 2381 views 4 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Lots of us have made cutting boards. They’re fast, fun, and not too costly. Best of all, the recipients are never anything less than astonished and grateful. This collection is an evolution. The first was made almost 2 years ago after seeing the cutting board on The Wood Whisperer. It was one of two boards made from maple and cherry. I finished it with thinned salad bowl finish which I will never use again—just a preference I have developed in my evolution. The construction was good and things lined up well. This one stayed here and the second went to a nurse at work. His wife can’t believe he uses it for cleaning fish! Believe it or not, the outer rows are both cherry but look how differently they finished. The second one is walnut, cherry and maple and is from a batch of 4 made just shortly after the first. Sanded to 150 and finished with tung oil the corners are a bit less than perfect as far as alignment. Loved the tung oil but my wife couldn’t stand the smell. I came to the conclusion that an end grain cutting board does not need to be sanded that smooth. I mean what’s the point? Kept three for my oldest kids and gave the other to a friends. On the third board, same wood and pattern as the second. I made these just after New Years 2009—a batch of 20. Sanded to 80 grit and finished with Boiled Linseed Oil. The cherry sapwood adds something extra. Pretty darn good alignment on the pattern and between the rougher surface and the BLO—I like the color somewhat better than the second. Kept three for the youngest three kids and the rest went to all the my adult female relatives at our annual Family Christmas in July last summer. The last is from a batch of 8 I just finished. Made from maple and cherry, sanded to 80 grit and finished with Boiled Linseed Oil. You can see I experimented with a different pattern and the accuracy is between that of 2nd and 3rd. I found it curious how much different the color of this wood varied from all the others. This project was the first time I had ever had to straight edge finish rough lumber. Actually will be selling these to a bunch of my co-workers who have asked me to “make me a cutting board.” Regardless, they are all “Signature Pieces” in the manner used to sign all my projects. Thanks for taking a look.

-- Rock Chalk Jayhawk Go KU!!

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#1 posted 05-20-2010 01:40 AM

Man, that is a lot of cutting boards. Sanding, sanding, and more sanding is all I can envision. Good job.

-- Rowdy in Kechi, Kansas

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#2 posted 05-20-2010 01:44 AM

Good looking boards. Looks like alot of precision work.

-- You will never build it unless you try. The second one always turns out better.

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#4 posted 05-20-2010 11:32 AM

Very nice , Why do you not like salad bowl finish? How well does linseed oil hold up?

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

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#5 posted 05-20-2010 01:07 PM

I just found that even thinned out, salad bowl finish still built up a surface on the wood. Hence, the knife is cutting polyurethane and not on wood. Just an aesthetic thing to be honest. For spoons and bowls it is ideal. But for a surface that is meant to take a beating like this, I found I like the feel of the raw wood best. Once cured, BLO is food safe. True it won’t last forever but the beauty is you just wipe some more on. For a true face lift, sand the surface and re-oil and you are as good as new.

-- Rock Chalk Jayhawk Go KU!!

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#6 posted 05-20-2010 04:41 PM

Glad to see these boards have actually seen some use!

I will (maybe sometime this century) be finishing my first end grain board and was thinking about applying the thinned salad bowl finish to this first one. I want to experiment on several different boards going forward, but decided to try salad bowl finish on the first one.

In regards to that, you said it built a film even though you thinned it out. Do you thin it 50/50? I definitely don’t want to build a film, so was thinking about thinning it to at least 50/50.

Do you just woodburn in your signature? I’ve been doing that on the last couple of pieces I’ve made and like the result and will do it on my first board as well.

Thanks for the info.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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