My first Cutting Board

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Project by Dan posted 12-13-2010 06:20 PM 2377 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Nothing real crazy here in terms of design but here is my first cutting board. Made from Redwood, Maple, Cherry, and Mahogany and finished with a natural mineral oil. This project also turned out to be good practice for hand planing. NO sanding was done on this board. I was able to get an ultra smooth and flat surface all with my Stanley 220 block plane. I tried 3 other planes before the block plane and they all failed. I thought I had all the grain going same direction but maybe I didn’t. The bevel down planes I tried using were useless on the edge grain board but the bevel up block plane had no problem at all planing the board no matter what direction I went. I did spend some time sharpening the blade and adding a secondary bevel of 31 degrees but the results were well worth it. I am now tempted to buy a larger bevel up bench plane as it would have been much easier use rather then the small block plane.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#1 posted 12-13-2010 06:25 PM

looks good
i’m curious about the redwood though
it is a very soft wood
and has acids in it
that keep it from rotting
maybe not to good for boards
especially side grain ones
where the knife cuts slivers off

welcome to the board club

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 12-13-2010 06:32 PM

Pretty board, but I will have to echo what Patron is wondering about…...... I think redwood is a no-no when dealing with food.

Any others out there with same/different opinions?

Great looking board though!


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#3 posted 12-13-2010 06:36 PM

nice looking board dan, i would also caution you on using soft woods for a cutting board…red wood is not the best choice for that…even though it looks nice…it will probably chip out, and it is not good as far as what patron mentioned…some woods are not safe for cutting boards time…try using all hard woods..your board will hold up much longer…good luck…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#4 posted 12-13-2010 06:41 PM

I had that in mind which is why the only redwood is the outside boards. I did it mostly for looks, I needed a couple more strips of dark wood and I ran out of Mahogany. I don’t believe this cutting board will be used all that often so I hope it wont pose a problem. If there is any issue I can simply rip the two redwood sides right off on the table saw.

If there is an issue with the redwood being harmful to food I will get rid of it right now. I will do some research.

Thanks for the heads up on it!

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#5 posted 12-13-2010 06:45 PM

I Tried Redwood, Try Running Paper towels along the length, Mine just kept sending out splinters, Of course mine was milled approx 40 Years ago could just be the age.

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#6 posted 12-13-2010 06:52 PM

Daddyz- The redwood I used was also milled long ago. It was reclaimed from an old deck. I had no problems with splinters on this project. I applied the oil with a paper towel and the red wood strips both felt very smooth and I did not feel any splintering. As I said though if it does pose a problem it will be easy enough to just rip the redwood ends off. I made sure not to have any redwood in the center of the board at all.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#7 posted 12-13-2010 06:55 PM

Very Nice what about a decopauge finish wouldn’t that work and still show the beauty of the piece and make it usable? I would hate to see such hard work left unused . I’m a newbie so I don’t know.

-- If i'd a knowed you coulda goed I'd a seen you gotta went

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#8 posted 12-13-2010 07:01 PM

i just hired this new guy to test out all cutting boards that i make…if any of you would like to use him, he works for cat food…lol…this is the guy who showed up last night dan…he works well for cutting board quality assurance

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#9 posted 12-13-2010 07:18 PM

Grizz- Thats a very cute looking possum. NOTHING like the one that was lurking in the dark corners of my garage. The one I shared my shop with had teeth the size of of a saber toothed tiger and claws like a lion. One other thing, I kid you not, when I first saw him it looked at me and licked its lips.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#10 posted 12-13-2010 09:47 PM

Welcome to the cutting board club…
My first cutting board was a one piece design… ie one piece of hoop pine with a profile around the edge.. and look where that lead….

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#11 posted 12-13-2010 11:55 PM

Looks really nice Dan. Welcome.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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#12 posted 12-14-2010 01:09 AM


-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#13 posted 12-14-2010 01:13 AM

OK, now that you’ve made the strips, time to cut them crosswise and flip ‘em to make end grain boards! Go for it, especially with the Stanley plane.

As degoose said, welcome to the cutting board club.

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#14 posted 12-14-2010 01:40 AM

Your board is very nice and per this chart , should be safe to use . I do agree with the others about the softness of the wood , but also , some types of Mahogany are also very soft…....hasn’t stopped me from using them in some of my boards though : ) (example)

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#15 posted 12-14-2010 04:02 AM

a good first, second or third board ;) should provide many years of service.

-- David - Houston, Texas. (

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