My Very First Cutting Board

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Project by lanwater posted 11-17-2010 03:37 AM 6076 views 19 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I decided to take a break from finishing other pending projects and build my very first cutting board ever!
Of course I got the pattern wrong and what else but my wife likes it.

I followed many postings by Degoose:, definitely a master in board making and many other things.
I also followed Mary Anne blog:
and poroskywood

Both Mary Anne and poroskywood have very detail blogs on this particular style of board.

It take a couple of hours excluding glue drying time.

A lot of bandsaw work, very light sanding. The only thing tedious was the glue up and clamping.

Used dark Walnut, maple and strips of cherry. Those stips were cut on my table saw with the help of my jig:

Finished with2 coats of mineral oil followed by 2 coats of mineral oil mixed with bees wax. I plan to add a couple of more layers of wax to bring the sheen up.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#1 posted 11-17-2010 03:40 AM

Wauiaauuu, I’m sea sick now.
Really nice work you have done there.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#2 posted 11-17-2010 03:47 AM

Thanks Mads!
It was fun making that board.
I see a second one coming soon.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#3 posted 11-17-2010 03:47 AM

Wow – I wished MY first board looks half as good!

A fine job!


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: [email protected] /

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#4 posted 11-17-2010 03:50 AM

Thats a cool looking Board there! Man I can’t wait to get my Bandsaw up and running so I can do some nice curvy cuts. I have about 120 lbs of Maple, Cherry, & Walnut cutoffs, I’m gonna be a cutting board making fool over the next few months.

-- I wouldn't be so arrogant if you weren't such a moron!

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#5 posted 11-17-2010 03:52 AM

KnotCurser: Thanks for your kind words.
Your work is a testament to your talent. I wanted to etch that dragon I use as an icon on my next tabletop. I wish I had your expertise.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#6 posted 11-17-2010 03:55 AM

Crushgroovin: I saw last night that you finished restoring your bandsaw. It’s definitely ready for cutting board, especially Christmas is coming around the corner

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#7 posted 11-17-2010 04:06 AM

Nice job on these two boards. Are you going to try an end grain board next?

If you made your wife happy, that’s always a good thing as well!

-- 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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#8 posted 11-17-2010 04:07 AM

That is not just another cutting board. I like the departure from the norm.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#9 posted 11-17-2010 04:09 AM

Very nice!
A creative break from the standard checker board pattern. I’ve been wanting to make a cutting board but it hasn’t made it to the “official” list yet…
Where do you get your wood?
I’ve been going to Earth Source in Oakland. I can’t say enough good about them. Going there is like going to a candy store and all the people there are very friendly.

-- If you want it and it's within reason... It's on it's way!

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#10 posted 11-17-2010 04:36 AM

that’s just wayyyyyyyyvee kool!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#11 posted 11-17-2010 07:57 AM

threw a curve ball here, wow I love it

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#12 posted 11-17-2010 08:05 AM

Thanks for the nice comments; I must say that without the blogs I mention in my post, I would have never been able to do it. A lot of nice people share their work on LJ and that is extremely helpfull.

Jonathan, end grain coming up, waiting to put some finish on it.
Plantek, I have been to earthsource but they are a bit more expensive than MacBeth lumber in Berkeley.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#13 posted 11-17-2010 12:28 PM

Nice board and congrats on making your first one! The secret handshake will be sent ASAP LOL they look great!

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

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#14 posted 11-17-2010 03:58 PM

I’m finishing up four of these myself with exactly the same wood combination. I wish the cherry was a little bit more distinct from the walnut, but I suppose that will come with age. The main problem is the wife now wants another four for additional gifts!

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#15 posted 11-17-2010 04:13 PM

A very good job. Love the wood combo.

I have never tried one of those before, I believe you have inspired me.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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