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Project by Don Broussard posted 10-13-2019 03:05 PM 598 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I realized when I started to post this project that it had been over two years since I posted a project! Slacker.

This cutting board is all red oak. I know it is not a preferred wood for cutting boards due to its open grain, but it’s what I had in hand. The overall dimensions are 10” x 14-1/2” x 5/4” thick. The board started with strips in varying widths, from 1/8” to 3/4” and glued together in a “wavy” pattern. After cross cutting and doing the second glue up, the pattern is not visible. I think the grain patterns are too close of a match with no evident contrast between the strips. Sanded from 80 grit to 220 grit with an ROS, then applied 3 applications of mineral oil. The closeup picture looks like Wheat Chex to me.

This board will be one of the donations to a Water For People raffle next week.

Thanks in advance for the views and comments.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!





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Gary

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#1 posted 10-13-2019 06:06 PM

Great work, Don. Hope it brings a lot in the raffle

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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lightcs1776

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#2 posted 10-13-2019 08:13 PM

Beautiful work!

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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mikeacg

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#3 posted 10-13-2019 10:55 PM

It was worth the wait! That board is beautiful!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl, http://www.artcentergraphics.com

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splintergroup

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#4 posted 10-14-2019 02:30 PM

How many RO sanders did you burn out on that? 8^)

That is some serious effort prepping that surface!

I know it’s too late, but I made something similar with RO a while back and learned about a trick.

Place the board in a shallow pan of thinned poly. The open grain will act like siphons and draw the poly up to the surface, filling the pores. Let it dry for a few weeks then sand and oil. Even though the poly is “food safe” once dry, I’d hesitate using it for serious cutting and chopping but your board looks too nice to abuse it that way!

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bruc101

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#5 posted 10-14-2019 05:59 PM

Really nice looking board.

Nothing wrong with using red oak for a cutting board. We’ve been making and selling oak cutting boards for many years and are actually our best sellers.

-- Bruce Free Plans https://traditionalwoodworking.org

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therealSteveN

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#6 posted 10-14-2019 11:46 PM


Even though the poly is “food safe” once dry, I d hesitate using it for serious cutting and chopping but your board looks too nice to abuse it that way!

- splintergroup

I had a bit of wonder about RO for a cutter. Is your hesitation about the poly, or the RO?

As far as looking at it, it’s a thing of beauty. It’s just the end grain is so sieve like I had a question if it would split? Packed with poly, as I assume it would draw it to the brim, I’m thinking it would become tougher? I do know a smallish block of RO if struck with with anything close to sharp will break it pretty easily. It’s the best splitting firewood I have ever dealt with, not as long a fire as WO, but easily longer than Red Maple

-- Think safe, be safe

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Don Broussard

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#7 posted 10-15-2019 01:57 PM

Thanks for the nice comments, y’all! They are appreciated.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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Monte Pittman

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#8 posted 10-15-2019 02:16 PM

Darn nice job sir. I need to get back to shop work. Keep up the good work.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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splintergroup

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#9 posted 10-15-2019 06:06 PM



I had a bit of wonder about RO for a cutter. Is your hesitation about the poly, or the RO?

As far as looking at it, it s a thing of beauty. It s just the end grain is so sieve like I had a question if it would split? Packed with poly, as I assume it would draw it to the brim, I m thinking it would become tougher? I do know a smallish block of RO if struck with with anything close to sharp will break it pretty easily. It s the best splitting firewood I have ever dealt with, not as long a fire as WO, but easily longer than Red Maple

- therealSteveN

Just the poly. I’m ok with it but I’d probably not sell one to somebody else. RO is fine by me for general cutting use, great looking end grain and presumably strong enough if thick enough.

I hadn’t thought about the easy splitting issues, but I can’t imagine pore-packing with poly would weaken it.

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Don Broussard

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#10 posted 10-23-2019 03:31 AM

The cutting board had 162 tickets at $1/ticket. I was pretty happy about that.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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