My First Cutting Board

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Project by McaroJCC posted 11-27-2018 11:11 PM 930 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finished my first cutting board last night and thought I might as well post it. I made it from an off-cut I had left over from a nicely figured ash slab I had used for something else. The inset pieces are walnut, ash, and purple heart. I made sure that I cut the live edge off far enough back so that after I glued the stripes in place I could still run it through my planer along the long grain. This let me get both final pieces to the same thickness with the planer before I glued the live edge back on. A little work with a card scraper and sander leveled everything out very nicely. I used a rabbeting bit in my router table to create the lip along the bottom, and a 1/2” roundover bit on the top.

The final dimensions are 1 5/8” (I like beefy cutting boards) x 17 3/4” x 12 3/4”. I finished it off with Howard Butcher Block Conditioner. I really like how the finish brings out the crazy grain in the ash. It’s like the elevation lines on a map.

I included the last pic because this is the first project I got to use my new branding iron on. My technique obviously needs some work. LOL

-- MCaro, St. Charles, MO

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#1 posted 11-27-2018 11:19 PM

Very attractive natural edge board!!

Cheers, Jim

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

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#2 posted 11-28-2018 03:05 AM

Good looking board. Thanks for showing.

-- MEL, Kansas

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#3 posted 11-28-2018 06:36 PM

Nice design.

-- Chris K

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#4 posted 11-29-2018 12:10 AM

Many thanks, gentlemen.

-- MCaro, St. Charles, MO

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