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Project by chaim posted 03-11-2008 10:24 AM 2089 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

there are times when a gift with a personnal touch means so much more, that is how I started out on disigning and making cutting boards.
All my cutting boards are jointed using hand tools and flatened in much the same way. if I get alot of tareout I’ll use a random orbit sander for a final finish.
I’ve began to favor shellac but for awhile I liked an oil finish better. The boards are finished on one side only so they can be flipped for cutting.

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#1 posted 03-11-2008 11:27 AM

Nice job Chaim. Good looking group of cutting boards. And welcome to lumberjocks. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#2 posted 03-11-2008 11:47 AM

These are nice boards Chaim.

What kind of woods did you use in the construction? I admire your use of hand tools. This is a technique that a lot of us need to learn. As a powertool guy I have found my hand tool skills to be somewhat deficient but am working on improving them. I respect any craftsman who can produce something that looks as nice as these boards with hand tools.

By the way I like the hand hold cut into the board that is showing in the third picture.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 03-11-2008 03:39 PM

just a great job chaim. #2/3 has the inset for the hands to flip, nice idea!

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#4 posted 03-11-2008 03:57 PM

Great looking cutting boards. I like the rounded corners. Most of them that you see have sharp corners.

-- Kevin, Wichita, Kansas

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#5 posted 03-11-2008 06:20 PM

A very neat cutting board and I admire your using only hand tools.

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#6 posted 03-11-2008 07:54 PM

It’s cool that you are using hand tools for this kind of work. They look great. Welcome to the site!

-- Happy woodworking!

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#7 posted 03-11-2008 09:05 PM

NIce job! That bread sure looks tasty.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#8 posted 03-11-2008 09:13 PM

wow nice cutting boards. its cool how you use hand tools to do all this work. i admire that as i too try to use hand tools whenever i get the chance. keep up the good work.

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#9 posted 03-12-2008 04:00 AM

That’s good work with hand tools!

-- I don't make mistakes, only design

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#10 posted 03-12-2008 10:21 AM

Nice job. They are great looking boards.

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#11 posted 03-14-2008 12:09 PM

Thanks I guess I have to set a few things stright.
First all the flatening and jointing was done by hand but the finnale finish is sometimes done with a random orbit sander.
I dont use hand tools exclusivly out of choice but because I dont own a jointer or planner.
I’ve experimented with the router table for use as a jointer and it does work and save time but the thickness capacity limits I’ts usefullness in the shop.
Now that I’m on the verge of going pro I guess it will be time to part with a “little” cash.
In a pro shop time is money and you cant afford to be too hand tool oriented. This is my understanding from some commisions that I’ve done!

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#12 posted 03-14-2008 12:40 PM

very nice. – great added details to this.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#13 posted 06-07-2009 02:22 PM

Very nice work!

If you have a 1/2” collet sized router, you can edge join fairly thick boards, just as good as a jointer.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#14 posted 06-07-2009 05:44 PM

well done nice design and wood choices


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#15 posted 01-25-2014 11:08 PM

Nice noards

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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