My first cutting boards

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Project by Tokolosi posted 12-17-2011 12:15 AM 1805 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend recently got married and I wanted to make him a gift. I am very new to woodworking so I spent some time online on this site and others. Discovered the beauty off end-grain cutting boards. So I went and bought the wood. I have just the basic hand tools and a 10 year old tablesaw. But I plunge ahead. The first board came together nicely but I had quite a lot to learn about clamping so it was rough! Since I dont have a planer I cut and did the glueup. That thing looked like a staircase designed by a crazy man. I sanded and sanded. A friend who dropped by saw what I was doing and went to get his planer. We both learned a valuable lesson that day about planing end grain. Thus the trunctuated board. So we learn.

But I didnt give up. I have since made about 10 boards with Christmas in mind.

Thanks for looking and tips/hints/critisism is welcome!

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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#1 posted 12-17-2011 12:27 AM

Yeah, it doesn’t take long to learn not to put a end grain cutting board into a thickness planer!
I don’t have all the clamps I want, so my glue ups are done a little at a time on cutting boards. I do keep them flat however, by putting the glue up on the table with a piece of Formica under the board, clamp alternately end to end then side to side. once everything is snug I use these to make everything flat to the table.
When the glue has dried it’s easy to get the clamps off and remove the formica from the board since the glue doesn’t stick to it very well.

Good Looking boards. Better than anything I’ve been able to do so far.


-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#2 posted 12-17-2011 01:27 AM

Great boards, and I especially like the one in the 5th picture. Did it damage the blades of the planer when you put it through?

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#3 posted 12-17-2011 02:05 AM

great looking pattern, question, i see you are using some walnut also is it safe to use, with the toxins in the walnut,
Im trying to make a few also I do have lots of walnut, but little leary of using it.

-- Doug Cedar Log Furniture,

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#4 posted 12-17-2011 02:51 AM

Aha! I was wondering which board to give tomy mother-in-law!

I did a quick Google search and it appears to be safe unless its black walnut and you are a horse. But I will do more research.

The thickness planer came out of the ordeal ok. My wifes dryer which was hit with flying debris however didnt fare so well. Big dent. Mama not happy.

Thanks for the compliments and comments.

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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#5 posted 01-19-2012 01:23 AM

Ahhh yes, the old end grain cutting board and the planer story…..I remember it well, 165 pieces, my first end grain cb, I barely had it started and that sucker went flying 18 feet across the shop and hit the block wall. Darn near broke my hand. Probably 330 pieces on the floor. Lessons learned, Titebond is stronger than wood, never ever stand behind a planer, and always make two. I now run them through the drum sander starting with 50 grit.

BTW, great boards!!! Addictive and easy, makes great gifts.

-- Michiganmark, I dream in wood......I'll blame it on my grandfather

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