Christmas 07 Cutting Boards

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Project by kjverlanic posted 06-02-2008 04:05 PM 2107 views 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We made 4 different cutting boards for our immediate family this last year for Christmas. We were very pleased with the way two of them turned out and a little less pleased with the other two.
The first two we did we followed the project directions to the letter and ended up with very large twists. We glued them up in sections and then glued the three sections together. Then we had to build a router sled to flatten them. So it ended up that we learned more than if we would have made them perfectly the first time and they ended up weighing less (aka a little skinny) than the other two.
On the last two we glued them up in one piece and used a couple Bowclamps (not affiliated with Craig, just very happy with his product and will do a review on them at another time) to clamp it all together.
For the finish we did a beeswax and mineral oil finish, which I liked. On the first board I just put the melted mix of beeswax and oil on the board, not what I wanted, so on the next 3 I soaked the board first in MO and then applied the beeswax and oil as a last coat, much better.
Things we learned:
1. Just because it says to do it one way, take your abilities into account.
2. You need a lot of clamps
3. Pick your own wood up, our friend picked up the wood for us and we ended up using some beautiful curly maple, cherry from our own stock and some mahogany, even though we wanted walnut.
4. A non-woodworker will think the board is worth about $100 or more even though you only have about $20 into it.
5. It is really enjoyable to be working on a project with the LOYL for people that you love.
6. One uncomplicated project can spawn many others, in this case a router sled and a cross cut sled.

-- “There is scarcely anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper … and the buyers who consider price only are this man’s lawful prey.” John Ruskin

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#1 posted 06-02-2008 04:19 PM

Very nice, cutting boards are on my list of things to do.

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 06-02-2008 04:47 PM

These are beautiful boards. I am sure that they were well received. To tell the truth I would rather receive a hand made gift rather than a commercial one any time.

You did well with these boards.

Thanks for sharing.

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

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#3 posted 06-02-2008 07:22 PM

Very nice! I Just finished my first two ever.

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

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Steve Carter

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#4 posted 06-02-2008 10:55 PM

Really nice job. I’ve been wanting to make a cutting board with a 45-degree cut like you used on two of the boards but haven’t been able to figure out how to get it to work. Would you mind sharing the source for your plans?

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#5 posted 06-02-2008 11:10 PM

welcome to lj’s

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#6 posted 06-03-2008 03:57 AM

these are really amazing!!! learning is fun…( I try to tell my students this and they dont believe me!).

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#7 posted 06-03-2008 07:37 PM

Exquisite detail and design. You did a beautiful job on them. Thanks for posting.

God bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#8 posted 06-03-2008 11:10 PM


As far as I can remember the plans came from Woodworking, although I am unable to find the issue that it came out of (even though they are in a three ring binder and in order :-( ) If I run into it in the future I will try to send you the information. I also worked on a few plans for them using Excel and at some point in time will make one for us using that plan. One of the biggest goals for the board was to not have any glue lines that would intersect, if that makes perfect sense then great! If not I’ll try to explain better, I didn’t want any of the blocks or glue lines to resemble a + or checkerboard. I have a pdf template if anyone wants it that I would be happy to share.


-- “There is scarcely anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper … and the buyers who consider price only are this man’s lawful prey.” John Ruskin

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#9 posted 06-04-2008 03:08 AM

Nice job, those are difficult to make. The only person you have to please is the man in the mirror. mike

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

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#10 posted 06-04-2008 07:23 AM

Those are really nice…great job! The wood contrasts really draw your attention.

Thanks for posting them.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#11 posted 06-04-2008 08:09 AM

Very nice work, I just finished my first 2 boards and found out very quickly that cutting the small blocks without the use of a bandsaw (have only a table and mitre saw) was very difficult not to mention dangerous due to the proximity of flesh to blade.

Love the contrasts in both color and design.

-- I can so I wood but why are my learning curves always circles

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#12 posted 06-05-2008 04:00 PM


We used a cross cut sled on the table saw and it eliminated some of the danger factor. We also left the boards that we laminated a little longer than what the plans called for so you weren’t cutting down to the very end to get enough for the board.

Hope that this helps for your next batch of cutting boards.


-- “There is scarcely anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper … and the buyers who consider price only are this man’s lawful prey.” John Ruskin

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#13 posted 06-08-2008 05:08 PM

Excellent work!

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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