Cutting Board

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Project by John posted 11-30-2017 11:38 PM 1618 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After admiring all the cutting boards being posted I decided I had to make one. I like the Chaotic End Grain Boards the most, with the juice groove, handles, and feet. It is 12” X 18” X 2”. The Cherry, Black Walnut, and Birch came from the left over pieces when cutting bowl blanks. The Maple was just some scrap pieces I had. Big learning curve, I think I can improve on every step of the process. Looking forward to the next one, maybe a little bigger, different handle, brown feet instead of white, and a little bigger juice groove. So many types of wood to try.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#1 posted 12-01-2017 01:06 AM

very nice board/workmanship

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#2 posted 12-01-2017 02:03 AM

John , Very nice board, I have done a lot of boards but have not tried the chaotic approach or the juice groove yet. How do you go about the juice grove? By the time I get the project that far, I do not want to risk an error & ruin the project. Beautiful board & workmanship. thanks for posting it….........................Jack

-- Jack R. Ellis

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#3 posted 12-01-2017 02:40 AM

Beautiful board John. Waiting to see Version 2. ;)

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#4 posted 12-01-2017 03:42 AM

Looks really great John. You are right, too many options to try. I just oiled up 5 side grain boards for my wife as gifts to her friends. I’m working on a random chaotic board now. I may have to try that juice grove.

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

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#5 posted 12-01-2017 07:18 AM

Way to go for # 1. Gave that new sander a good work out ?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#6 posted 12-01-2017 02:52 PM

Thats one of the more fancy ones, has all the bells and whistles.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#7 posted 12-01-2017 02:52 PM

This cutting board is a real beauty and I like the pattern.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#8 posted 12-01-2017 02:53 PM

Great board John. Love doing those myself. Have not done the random chaotic board yet but its on my list. Do you run the end grain glue through the surface plane? I do but add waste boards on the end to eliminate tear-out and make very lite cuts.

-- Rick --------The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.

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#9 posted 12-01-2017 04:29 PM

Thanks guys.
Jack, I used my router, next time I’ll use a bigger bit. 3/4” instead of 1/2”. I googled how to cut a juice groove in a cutting board and watched a few videos on it.
Andre, the new sander (supermax 19-38) worked really well!
Rick, I sold my old planer and bought a sander. I was also very careful with my glue up and had very little to take off. I will get a planer again someday.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#10 posted 12-02-2017 01:34 AM

Very nice indeed.

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#11 posted 12-02-2017 02:20 AM

Here’s how I cut all my juice grooves in my cutting boards, most of which sell in the gallery museum I exhibit in.

I took a 1/2” diameter cove bit and inserted it into my router table. I carefully centered it on my fences, which I closed up until I had a line in the fences at exactly the center point of the cove bit. (No space between the fences)

I take the cutting board, and draw four lines, each one parallel to each edge, exactly one inch in from the edge it is in parallel with. Draw these lines from edge to edge.
You end up with a square pencil line that is exactly one inch smaller all the way around from the total size of the board.

I then take the board, and with the pencil side up, (good side down), I line up the point where a pencil line intersects with a perpendicular pencil line with the centerline of the fences that I have pre-set on the router table.

Pushing straight down at that point, I start the first groove and immediately move the board in the direction of the cutter pushing wood, not a climb cut. The BIG thing is to hold the board dead against the fence, not letting it come off. Otherwise the juice line will wander and the board will be ruined. Been there, done that…

When you reach the other end of the line where it intersects with a perpendicular line, you stop when a perpendicular line is centered with the fence. Stop and lift immediately to eliminate burning.

Then, turn the board 90’ and start again. Do this for all four lines you have drawn, and you will end up with an almost perfect juice groove in the good side of your board. Basically you are following the square you drew on the back of the board, centered on the fence line on the router table.

If you have over-traveled, or burned, I take a small nose sander and clean the edges, but this can also be done by hand, without much problem. I have made probably 6-7 dozen boards this way, and I have had good success.

Others may have jigs, edge grips, etc., but this way, I only have to set up my router table to have a center line with the fences, and the router bit centered on that line. I follow it with the board, and all is good.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#12 posted 12-04-2017 02:01 AM

Real nice board, John!!


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!



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