Cutting Board (Just Can't Stop)

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Project by smitty22 posted 06-13-2012 04:41 AM 3214 views 12 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, here’s another, this one for a neighbor’s wife’s birthday. I still like the basic WoodWhisperer design, although this one has a few extra rows. Wood is maple, walnut, cherry, and purpleheart, finished dimensions 14” x 22” x 1 3/4 thick, and finished with mineral oil on one side and salad bowl finish on the other.

I was still puzzled why so many CBs are done with mineral oil when the SBF has done such a nice job for me on previous CBs, so decided on this board to try both in sort of an A-B test. The General Finishes SBF in this case (applied straight from the can) is to me a more pleasing look, a bit more glossy, and overall took less work to seal the wood.

Since I don’t have a drum sander, glue line cleanup was done with block plane, followed by several hours of ROS duty – started with 60 grit, finished with 320 – prior to application of the finish.

Thanks for looking… One of these days, I might run out of relatives, friends, and neighbors who want a cutting board!


-- Smitty

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#1 posted 06-13-2012 07:20 AM

Nice board. Good wood combo. A third finish option you could try, dissolve some beeswax in your mineral oil. This can be done in varying strengths (from very liquid, to paste) I use my wife’s cheese grater to make shavings. Prior to using that I would still prep a raw board by applying several coats of plain mineral oil first. I like to heat it up to aid in the initial penetration. This might give you the gloss you like, without having a film finish on your boards.

-- "The greatest pleasure in life is doing what others say you cannot do."-Walter Bagehot

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#2 posted 06-13-2012 07:38 AM

Nice Board Smitty. I too prefer the look of SBF vrs the mineral oil and bees wax. I have made over 250 of them but it’s what ever finish the customer wants. Great job with the grain orientation as well. I think your on to something with the offset board in your pic as well I like it. Well done.

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

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#3 posted 06-13-2012 09:05 AM

Magic…. just magic…

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#4 posted 06-13-2012 11:30 AM

I likes it! I likes it alot! Nice design, and the wood combos are very good also.

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

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#5 posted 06-13-2012 11:55 AM

That’s a good looking board. I really have to get back to making some. I’ve been pretty much committed to using Mineral Oil and Beeswax for my boards and really like the finish.

The magic is in the POP…..when you apply your first coat of finish and the wood colours and grain jump out at you….stunning.

-- -- Don in Ottawa,

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#6 posted 06-13-2012 12:00 PM

Hello Smitty, glad to see your latest work ! It’s as impressive as I expected it would be ! Did you wear yourself out with hand sanding ? Impressed…very much so…. Thanks for the post and finishing information. your North Florida Friend, Don. S.

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

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#7 posted 06-13-2012 01:59 PM

Thanks everyone, nice to hear from many old friends! I’ve been off pursuing my ham radio hobby mostly, but lurking here to keep up with LJ’s.

‘Fish’, the Dewalt ROS does most of the work, just have to steer it a lot.

I don’t think there’s much if any surface film using the SBF, at least the way I do it… After the first few ‘soaking’ coats it’s sanded right back to the wood on the cutting surfaces (not on the edges) with 320grit, repeated a few more times until the surface is smooth as a baby’s butt, then buffed with one of the foodsafe waxes. Granted, the SBF is contained in the end grain pores, but there’s not a continuous surface ‘layer’ or film.

Nobody asked, but this might help a newbie: My boards generally don’t have feet. Thought is that both sides should be useable and alternated. Lay it on a towel, wash and dry after using, board lasts longer that way, almost 2x.
Routed center-position ‘fingerholds’, allows use of both sides.
No juice grooves, my wife’s cooking sisters don’t like them. ‘Nuff said!

John & Don, I may just whip up another CB to test the oil/beeswax heated finish. Mark (the WW) did that in his original video, and then concluded with saying he preferred the salad bowl finish, so that’s where I’ve been. Lots of options and I look at most every CB that’s posted here, just luv ‘em!


-- Smitty

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#8 posted 06-13-2012 11:24 PM

Nice one!

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#9 posted 06-13-2012 11:36 PM

Awesome design Smitty! I noticed in your picture captions you mentioned using a cross-cut sled. I’m jazzed that I just made my first cross-cut sled, haven’t had a chance to try another CB since, but I know with my new sled it’ll come out more like yours. Love the purpleheart. Oh and also my last board was with just mineral oil but I will be trying the bees wax/mineral oil mix next time.

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#10 posted 06-27-2012 07:24 PM

Awsome Smitty! nice work on the patterns

-- Jorge Velez, Guadalajara, Mexico.

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#11 posted 08-09-2012 08:36 PM


So I decided to check out your projects after reading the comment you left on my cutting board blog. Wow, your cutting boards are much nicer than mine. They turned out really really well.

The only think I really wish I had when making these is a drum sander. It would be worth its weight in gold!

-- MolokMot, Rocker, Woodworker, Geek

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#12 posted 08-10-2012 03:05 AM

Thanks again Molok, keep working the boards!

Your first end grain boards are very nice, techniques and the results will get better with every board. Most folks don’t realize how tough the end grain boards are compared to just a flat edge grain glue up, and you’ve done well with those. Precision with the table saw is critical.

-- Smitty

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#13 posted 08-10-2012 03:14 AM

I’m almost afraid to start a cutting board project after reading about your addiction. It looks like a lot of fun.

-- "Anyone can post a quote on the internet and attribute the quote to a famous person." -Abraham Lincoln

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#14 posted 11-06-2012 01:13 AM

I like SBF but use only mineral because it is easier to have them maintain there board with oil.
I just say sand and apply mineral oil.

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