Christmas Cutting Board

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Project by smitty22 posted 12-14-2011 08:37 PM 2692 views 5 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First, Merry Christmas to all!

This project is a Christmas CB for my oldest daughter, pretty classic Woodwhisperer design (thanks again to Marc) with a bit of purpleheart thrown in as an accent.. Still not perfect but getting better!

This board is walnut, cherry, maple and the purpleheart, turned out about 14” x 19” x 1 3/4”. Finished with several coats of GF Salad Bowl Finish.


#1, finished, ready to wrap

#2, first of 3 glue-ups, getting better at this, cauls help a bunch.

#3, the blank, 26×14

#4, the Flip

#5, Button pegs used for feet. these make it easy to level a CB for uneven surface (or a crooked board), just sand the high button(s). They are a force fit in drilled holes and are easily replaced when needed.

#6, sure wish I could figure out how to avoid the router burn in the handholds. Need advice here!

This board was a bit too wide for my Delta planer, so did the glue-up in two sections, planed these to identical thickness, then glued those two. There was very little sanding required to level the finished blank before crosscutting. Wood cost for this board was right at $50.

Thanks for looking!

-- Smitty

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#1 posted 12-14-2011 08:41 PM

Nice Smitty, goopd to see you working . Hope you have a nice holiday season ! I’m still working on our kitchen . Hope to finish someday !

-- The pig caught under the fence is always the one doing all the squealing !

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#2 posted 12-15-2011 02:15 AM

Really nice work here….looks great!

-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#3 posted 12-15-2011 02:24 AM

Wonderful CB. I never get tired looking at CB designs. They are all unique to the craftsman that made them. That is one large CB. Your daughter will be very happy this Christmas.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#4 posted 12-15-2011 03:28 PM

very nice cuttin board. I really like the feet idea, and the recessed handles

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#5 posted 12-15-2011 05:37 PM

That’s a really nice looking cutting board.

-- I'm looking forward to regretting this.

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#6 posted 12-15-2011 07:56 PM

Nice looking board! I’m sure it will serve your daughter well, for years to come.

As to the burn problem, I can offer a few suggestions.

1 – A SHARP router bit. Dull bits will burn more.
2 – Multiple, light passes, but make sure that the last pass is not TOO light. Too light a cut can also cause burns, as the tool may be doing more rubbing (generating heat) than actual cutting.
3 – Do not stop during the cut. This will cause burns every time. When you get to the end of the cut, carefully and quickly lift the board off of the cutter.
4 – If you have a variable speed router, slow it down. The finish may not be quite as good, but a ‘fuzzy’ surface is much easier to fix (i.e. sand) than a burned one.

I have also heard that you may have better luck sanding burn marks out if you wet sand with mineral spirits, but I haven’t had to try it yet. Allegedly, the solvent will soften the burned resin and make it easier to sand out. YAMMV

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

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#7 posted 12-15-2011 08:06 PM

Nice boards super wood selection too.


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#8 posted 12-16-2011 05:20 AM

Thanks everyone, lots of cutting boards and woodworking art in your resumes, my few projects are humble by comparison!

Trout, thanks for the router tips, more practice is definitely needed, I suspect some combination of the techniques will solve the problem.

-- Smitty

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#9 posted 06-30-2012 01:31 AM

Nice board smitty

As for the burn, i used to have that problem with my handles (I prefer the handle underneath)

I bought a Whiteside template router bit (this one:
Seriously, 99% burn free; it changed my life I think.

-- Ev in Framingham, MA

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#10 posted 06-30-2012 01:51 AM

Thanks Ev, I know that the bit can make a big difference. I’ve been meaning to try one of the premium carbide bits vs the Rocklers, Whiteside might be a good pop.

I like the inset fingergrip type handholds since the CB is then ‘bipolar’, board can be flopped to use either cutting surface and still have a place to pick it up.

Found on my latest CB that bit speed and feed make all the difference, even with a carbide bit. What complicates that is that as I move the router from one type of wood to another, the feed rate to avoid burning for one of the woods doesn’t work for the next wood next to it! Just another woodworking challenge.

-- Smitty

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