First Cutting Board

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Project by Dustin posted 10-06-2017 05:40 PM 951 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

So, been meaning to get around to trying some cutting boards, so on my last trip to the mill I picked up a nice piece of maple to take a crack at it.

The real motivation came from a buddy who recently moved into the neighborhood. Our first dinner at his place, he was using a small, handled cutting board, and was fighting to keep stuff on it because of how small it was. I asked if I could make him something more substantial, as a “Welcome to the neighborhood” gift, and he obliged.

I’m not sure if he knew I was going this massive, but, you know, stuff happens :D

This cutting board measures 24” long x 16.5” wide x 1.5” thick. It’s 18 pieces of maple about .9” thick laminated together with Titebond III. I went ahead and did half of it at a time, both to make it more manageable, and to allow me to run each half through my planer after the glue dried: much easier to keep a single edge aligned. I put a small radius on the corners to knock them off with a sander (just used a quarter from my pocket for the curve), then went over both sides with a 3/16” (I think) round-over bit.

I wanted to make sure that the three or so coats of mineral oil I treated this with didn’t fuzz up the surface too much, so I pre-treated it by wiping it with plain tap water to raise the grain. Once this dried, I sanded to 120 (I’m loving my mesh discs!), and applied 4 very liberal coats of mineral oil (I spent extra time sanding/oiling the end grain). For a functional piece, I didn’t see the point of sanding to a higher grit then this, but was pleasantly surprised that doing water-sanding-oil really did work to prevent the oil from raising the grain further.

I looked around online at nice manufacturers, and comparable laminated edge grain boards run around $120. For about $10 in lumber and the fun I had making it, I consider this quite a steal. Hopefully this will be my first of many, and I’m seriously considering scaling this up to make a 24”x36” top for a roll-away island for our kitchen…after my other two commissions are finished, of course.

Thanks for looking!

-- "Ladies, if your husband says he'll get to it, he'll get to it. No need to remind him about it every 6 months."

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#1 posted 10-06-2017 05:44 PM

Sounds like a success and a plan both. Good going.

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

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