Anniversary Cutting Board

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Project by Will Stokes posted 06-16-2010 05:10 AM 3213 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For our 4th anniversary I made my wife another cutting board. She loves it! A bit wider and bigger overall compared to the last one. This one is walnut and cherry and is end grain as opposed to the zig-zag side grain one she got for Christmas. If I recall correctly it’s about 18”x14”x1”. I didn’t put a hole in it since it won’t be hung up, this way she gets even more surface area to cut on. Finished with a liberal amount of mineral oil followed by a mineral oil and bees wax finish. The walnut was all from scrap produced when helping one of my wife’s co-workers make trim for around his house.

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#1 posted 06-16-2010 05:13 AM

wow, the colour of the wood really exploded when you finished it! That’s impressive.

I love the design.. the different sizes of rectangles. And I really, really love the tiny ones on the ends. It looks great!

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#3 posted 06-16-2010 05:19 AM

Love the way you paid attention to alternating the light and dark cherry between layers!

As Lis pointed out, the edge detail is unexpected, in a good way… I really like it!

After my first end grain cutting board was complete, I needed a breather, but this makes me want to go try another one. Afterall, I do have some cherry and more walnut just sitting down in the basement with nothing better to do!

Thanks for posting this. Favorited, especially for the alternating light and dark cherry. Sometimes, no, most times, it’s the little details that really make the difference and I feel it did just that here!

-- 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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#4 posted 06-16-2010 05:19 AM

@Lis: Thanks. :-) It’s always fun to take a finished piece, sand it and it looks all dull, then hit it with mineral oil or varnish oil and watch the colors just pop. I must give credit where credit is due: this is largely the Wood Whisperer’s design, I just added the thin strips along the edge to make it a little different. Dah, that reminds me. The board is 12 1/2” wide, not 14”. After the initial glue up the board was just a hair over 12 1/2” wide, the maximum width of my planer. I had to take just a bit off to get it to just barely fit through so I could clean it up before ripping the strips for the second glue up. I’ve never maxed out my planer like that before! Almost made me wish I had the slightly larger Dewalt.

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#5 posted 06-16-2010 05:23 AM

Wow, I didn’t think I’d get such a response for the thin strips along the edge. Thanks everyone. :-) I love little details too. I’m currently putting them into the entertainment center I’m working on. I could probably just trim down the top and call it done but what fun would that be? Just finished the false through tennons and pins. Next up I’m adding a pattern to the doors. I can’t wait to complete it, in part to post it on lumber jocks. :-)

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#6 posted 06-16-2010 05:27 AM

@Jonathan: I just checked out your cutting board again, I remembered seeing it the first time. Very original, I almost like it more than my own. :-) You might take a close look at the two photos I put up that show the glue up. Note the extensive use of cauls wrapped in mailing tape. These are essential and result in a very flat board. Sure you have a little glue to clean off, but at least after the first glue up you can clean that off with a few light passes through the planer.

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#7 posted 06-16-2010 10:02 AM

Good looking board!

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

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#8 posted 06-16-2010 12:50 PM

Nice cutting board, I like the intermediate steps. I always forget to take pictures as I am building.

-- Every neighborhood has an eccentric neighbor. I wondered for years "who was ours?" Then I realized it was me.

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