Cutting board Christmas

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Project by fladdy posted 12-13-2012 12:43 PM 1551 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After making my first smaller cutting board for my wife. I decided to make more for family Christmas presents, but these would be end grain cutting boards. I don’t know if anyone needs or wants a cutting board, but too bad. The one on the right was the first end grain cutting board in this series. I stole the idea of the handle from a fellow LJ on here. The second one I made is in the middle, and the last one is the checkerboard. The last one is the thinnest at just over 1” thick and the first one is a little over 1 1/4” They are all finished with mineral oil and made of hard maple and padauk.

I do have a few questions for other LJ’s. I’m having trouble with the final glue up in getting the top and bottom relatively even and smooth. I am using a jig as seen by other LJ’s, made of 3/4” melanine and a right angle formed by some hard maple and using a caul on the top. I’m wondering if my table saw is out of square or if by using my mitre saw, I’m not getting 90 degree cuts on each piece. I am able to bind the miter gauge slightly on the table saw. Any tips from other LJ’s would be great. I’ve spent hours sanding to get the tops and bottoms smooth. Maybe I need a drum sander.

-- Fladdy

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#1 posted 12-13-2012 06:37 PM

I especially like the board on the right, with your handle, as well as the heartwood/sapwood combination within the maple!

I also like the middle board, with the way the maple goes from dark, to light, and also think it would’ve looked good if you’d have turned the center section of maple over 180-degrees.

Drum sanders are excellent for end grain boards. With that being said, a router sled is a less expensive alternative, assuming you have a router. Lots of various router sleds here on LJs.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#2 posted 12-13-2012 06:47 PM

Very nice!

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#3 posted 12-13-2012 07:02 PM

Didn’t think of a router sled. Thanks for the tip.

The maple coloring on the middle board might just be due to the amount of oil on there. I took the pictures right afterwards. But, maybe I am that good.

-- Fladdy

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#4 posted 12-13-2012 07:32 PM

Check out this thread. Lots of good info.

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#5 posted 12-13-2012 11:01 PM

I like your designs

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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