Maple cherry cutting board

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Project by oldguy2 posted 07-15-2017 11:20 AM 1748 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Yes I finally made one for the Wife and Myself. This is number 3. The final size of this came out to 12×15 x 1. The juice grooves were my own plan after we had one from a gift many years ago and really liked them. I really want to give shout outs to 2 sources…#1 Bob Flexner Book Finishing 101..I bought it years ago as a crafter for about $12 on amazon and it cover so much on many finishes. Should be on your gift wish list or beg borrow or steal it from the buddy who has it. Then read it. #2 Shopsmith Sanding discs now sold at (Lowes or Shopsmith on lline) these have a new high grade surface and super smooth cut. I thickness planed it to size. I tried hand planing this maple and was swearing. I used a 60 grit and took out real rough spots. Then the 150 and was almost done. I took an extra step from Charles Neal and a 220 on the ends like a burnish to seal the end grain. I have usually used olive oil on cutting boards and the final has 6 coats, the back side is flat for general use. We did a morning and evening coating over 4 days. In this assembly I tried to get less of an uneven top and glued in sections and it did most of that and would again. ( I have a maple table top from this scrap buy that is coming along also ), I showed the routing to give some ideas. I cut the main collection pocket first to get large depth. Then drew lines halfway back for the stepped effect and the far end the shallowest depth to plan the cut levels. The center V lines took a few inches from the center line and the same step effect. I have routed signs and did most free hand but had to go back to clean up some cuts with skim cuts to get cleaner edges. I only used a 1/4 straight bit. Maybe I should have used the bowl bit for the large area. Sanding the grooves was done with rubber sanding pads and effort. Yes I would do it again,

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#1 posted 07-15-2017 02:26 PM

I usually do not comment on cutting boards; but this one deserves an A!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#2 posted 07-15-2017 04:39 PM

This is a good looking cutting board. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#3 posted 07-15-2017 07:39 PM

A nice cutting board with a unique twist. That’s thinking out of the box.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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