First project, any and all comments/suggestions welcome

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Project by rlrobinhood posted 01-25-2012 06:47 AM 1472 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi All,

This is my first project and thought I’d kick it out here. I know…......, another cutting board. But I’ve seen so many of your beautiful cutting boards here, I had to give one a shot.

Let me know your thoughts and be critical. Give me any suggestions or criticisim. It will be appreciated.

I made it out of rough cut black walnut and oak. I was going to use all my own tools, but don’t have a planer or joiner. So, I ran up to my neighbors and borrowed his. He was once a cabinet maker and has all very nice tools. So, instead of borrowing just his planer and jointer, I ended up using his saws as well. Now I’m jealous!

I also finished it with mineral oil and parrafin wax (1:8 ratio). I’m not sure what I think of this finish. The board still is tacky several days later. Not bad, but just enough to make me want to try something else next time. But, this finish might be better suited for an end grain board. If I do another edge grain board, I might try a salad bowl type of finish.

Thanks in advance for your comments and have a great week.

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#1 posted 01-25-2012 07:03 AM

This board turned out great ,I like the design .

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David Grimes

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#2 posted 01-25-2012 07:21 AM

Great cutting board !

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#3 posted 01-25-2012 12:12 PM

Looks good!

For the tackiness try putting the board in a warm oven for 20 minutes or so…. just warm, not hot.

The finish will soak in and you’ll be able to add even more.

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

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#4 posted 01-25-2012 12:32 PM

Looks great, your 2nd glue up looks real good. Now your ready for end-grain boards. They will last longer and better for your knives. Great job. I also finish some of my boards with a 50/50 mix of General Finishes Salad bowl finish and mineral spirits. About 6-9 coats gives it an amazing shine.

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

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#5 posted 01-25-2012 02:59 PM

Is it Red Oak or White Oak? I only ask for food safety concerns if you are actually going to use it for that.

Looks nice, a lot of gluing, not sure I have the time or patience to do one of this detail or and end grain board.

-- Elmar in San Antonio.....

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#6 posted 01-26-2012 03:56 AM

Hi all, Thanks a million for the compliments. It was a fun project.

Ken90712, for your 50:50 finish of mineral oil and salad bowl finish, is the salad bowl finish an oil or more of a lacquer/varnish?

Elmar, I’m not sure if it is red or white oak. What should I know about these species from a food safety concern? I don’t want to put anyone in harms way.

Thanks again all.

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