My first cutting board

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well This is my first cutting board I have ever made and Personally I am impressed. Its is made of Red Oak and Pine. Now I know Red Oak probably isn’t the best wood for a cutting board because of how it cups with water. I used olive oil to protect it and it works out great. I just gotta re coat it every over month. The board is 1511 and was glued together with titebond II. Oh i also forgot to add that it is standing on some maple legs. The project was simple and fun to make LOTS OF SANDING*. I took it down to 220 grit. Any project ideas?

-- John

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#1 posted 03-29-2011 09:02 AM

Well done for a first board.

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#2 posted 03-29-2011 10:18 AM

Congrats on your fist cutting board. As far as I know, Olive oil is a bad choice for oiling a cutting board b/c it goes rancid in time. Mineral oil is a much better oil to use.

-- If you can't do it right the first time, then when are you going to find the time to do it right the second time...

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#3 posted 03-29-2011 10:25 AM

ya kalijah i was going to say the same.
put a bunch of mineral oil then melt some beeswax and mineral oil and apply that. its real nice

-- Ben L

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#4 posted 03-29-2011 01:26 PM

Nice first cutting board.

I agree with using mineral oil for your finish.
You may likely have an unpleasant odor coming from your cutting board in a few months.

-- Chuck

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#5 posted 03-29-2011 01:32 PM

Yes, above statements are true sorry, Also its a good idea to use Titebond 3 it’s water-proof and all cutting boards get wet from juices and cutting.

With all that out of the way. Nice job and congrats on your first board! The secret handshake will be sent…LOL

You should try a End Grain cutting board next, they are the way to go! The hold up for ever, as will you find over time the knife will cut the fibers on cutting board and become kinda rough unlike end-grain boards. There more work but worth it in the end.

I use salad Bowl finish 50/50 mix with mineral spirits. I have used Bees wax as well if people want the dull finish. I have made over 100 boards now & I recieved the same advice and help form fellow LJ’s here. Hope this helps and not taken the wrong way. Just trying to pass on info that was given to me.

Look fwd to seeing more.

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

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#6 posted 03-29-2011 03:25 PM

Good job, nice board.
I have yet to make my first cutting board, so I enjoy these how-to’s, especially a video.

-- Close to Ottawa Ontario Canada

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#7 posted 03-29-2011 03:29 PM

Nice looking cutting board.

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#8 posted 03-29-2011 05:47 PM

nice one for being your first….way to go

-- "older I get, the more fun I have"

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#9 posted 03-29-2011 06:18 PM

Ditto to all the above :-D

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#10 posted 03-29-2011 08:27 PM

Nice board!

That said, I have to agree about not using olive oil, or any other vegetable oil for that matter.

I use a home-brewed mixture of mineral oil and beeswax—~6 to 1 by weight—on my boards. I CAREFULLY warm the oil on the stove. While that’s ‘cooking’, I soften the beeswax in the microwave and use a box grater to ‘shred’ it, before adding it to the oil (it melts faster that way). Once the mixture has cooled, it makes a nice paste wax. On a new board, I re-liquify the paste in the microwave, and give the board a good, wet coat. I follow that with a coat or two in paste form and it’s ready to go.

My wife made me get my own box grater though. ;)

-- There is nothing in the world more dangerous, than a woodworker who knows how to read a micrometer...

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#11 posted 03-29-2011 10:34 PM

Nice one for your first.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#12 posted 04-11-2011 07:25 AM

cool cutting board! I’ve yet to pick up the “cutting board bug” – but I feel its coming anytime. Please stop using olive oil :) :)

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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