First Cutting Boards

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Project by jamsomito posted 01-09-2021 02:09 AM 1010 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This year’s Christmas gifts were cutting boards. Needed something simple since I was in the middle of another big project and had a big set back when my whole family came down with Covid. These still took more effort than I was originally thinking (as usual), but all-in-all a good project.

They’re made out of hard maple boards and cherry scraps I had on hand. Ripped everything down, glued with Titebond 3, planed flat in my new planer (couldn’t have finished these in time without it) and trued up the ends on the table saw. I made a jig for the juice groove – just some fences the boards could drop down into so I could route by hand. Used a 1/2” core cove bit for that, and a 1” core cove bit for the hand holds. The latter were done on the router table. It took some care making sure the router stayed against the fence and the boards stayed against my router table fence for straight lines. Then lots of sanding up to 220. I wrapped sandpaper around a 3/8” dowel for the grooves.

Sanding the burn marks out of the handles was tough. The only way I found to actually get it all was with a power sander of sorts. I tried finding an abrasive ball, but nothing in stock locally. I ended up using a dremel rotary tool abrasive buffing wheel for the job. It worked, but they only lasted a few boards and ended up being a bit costly. The finest didn’t do anything but polish, so I was stuck with the coarser one. I’ll try something else next time. Here’s what I used:

The brand was a gift to me, and I don’t know much about it other than it came on a boat from China. I suspected it would have been harder to use than it actually is. Just heat it up to a specific temperature of pretty hot, and press on your workpiece until it smokes and you’re good! Haha.

Finish is Odies Oil. I’ve come to really like this stuff on this project! We’ll see if it lasts any longer than mineral oil on the boards. Supposedly it cures, so fingers crossed.

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#1 posted 01-09-2021 02:35 AM

Nice work. I’m sure they were much appreciated. A gift that will last for years to come.

-- Pops ~ In So Cal...

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#2 posted 01-09-2021 06:53 AM

Good looking boards, I like to make mine one at a time so that there is that true personal feeling going into each board:) Need to get yourself a Drum Sander?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#3 posted 01-09-2021 02:48 PM

Thanks guys! Yeah I hear the individual comment, would have been nice and could probably have made them a bit more visually appealing, but I think simplicity lends to a board that will actually be used too, as opposed to an intricate art piece that never sees a knife. Also, ain’t nobody got time for that LOL. At least me anyways.

A drum sander would be a dream. I’d use it on a bunch of projects. I’m just surprised at the price. For my overall workflow I thought a planer would be a better choice over the drum sander though, considering I didnt have either. It’s on the bucket list for sure.

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#4 posted 01-09-2021 05:00 PM

Good job there and I like your brand.

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#5 posted 01-10-2021 07:30 AM

Very nice work, good job on the handles and juice grooves, they really make the board look good!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#6 posted 01-11-2021 03:57 PM

That looks so good! I made 3 for Christmas also. My first. You’re right, getting the burn marks out of the juice groove and handles wasn’t fun.
Somebody received a wonderful gift

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