First Cutting Board

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Project by Brandon2012 posted 06-10-2012 02:37 PM 1637 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first cutting board it is made out of some crates that I acquired from work. then the edges are made out of walnut I found in my grandpas barn. The edges were curved using a hand planer and the rest was sanded using a block sander. I oiled it by frying up bacon and pouring the grease from that on my board and spreading it around.

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#1 posted 06-10-2012 02:42 PM

Looks good – the feet are a nice touch. You did a great job with the hand plane. I’ll bet the board smells fabulous now from the bacon grease, but you might have to deal with a rancid smell later. Some of the other board makers here can probably give you good advice on what to use to treat your wood.

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#2 posted 06-10-2012 02:42 PM

Cool cutting board very well done.

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#3 posted 06-10-2012 03:01 PM

Great first board and nice job on using the handtools. Feet are cool too. Using scraps can be fun and a more economical way to build them no doubt.

As for the Bacon grease Olive oil or cooking oils, Not a good idea. It will be come rancid and cause problems later. I would only use Food Grade Mineral oil or Salad Bowl Finish cut 50/50 with Mineral Spirits. You can get the mineral oil cheap at Wallmarts or drug stores in the laxitive section instead of paying 8-9 dillorars at the woodworking or big box stores.

I have made over 250 boards and have recieved alot of help on here from others. Welcome to Lumberjocks and look fwd to seeing many more projects.

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#4 posted 06-10-2012 03:37 PM

Great design , but it appears that your crates are made from Pine and other softwoods and full of knots which can dry out and loosen with time. Hardwoods with tight grain patterns are best used for cutting boards : )
As mentioned , and I don’t know if you were joking , but the bacon grease is not a good idea for a finish.
I use Mineral Oil and occasionally mix Bees Wax into it for a different sheen.
Each project is a learning experience : ) Keep up the good work !

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#5 posted 06-12-2012 01:01 AM

You have done a great job putting together a CB from scrap wood.

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

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