First Cutting Board

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Project by bblex82 posted 08-13-2013 06:27 AM 1589 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I couldn’t help but notice that a lot of woodworkers out there are making cutting and being as I am basically just starting out, i thought i would give one a try. This one was not perfect but it came out ok. The other issue I am running into is lack of good hardwood… The only wood provider near me is Home Depot which obviously limits my options. The wood I used for this board was poplar and red oak. Any tips or advice are most welcome because I am very new to all this and am very much addicted!

-- Brian, Vandenberg AFB

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#1 posted 08-13-2013 08:57 AM

Nice board and great finish. There is a place that sells teak near you really cheap in Paso Robles named Pacific Coast Teak There are other hard wood places up there but Ill have to look through my notes at home.

I have made over 300 boards and suggest changing to TiteBond III its water proof and even though I give out instructions with End Grain boards I sell you would be amazed how much water people run over these and dont dry it off right away.

Welcome to LJ’s and look fwd to more.

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

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#2 posted 08-13-2013 11:21 AM

It looks great, I’m looking forward to seeing more of your work

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#3 posted 08-13-2013 12:27 PM

Welcome to LJ’s. Your first CB looks great. Ken’s suggestion is a good one to take. The only suggestion I could make, you can either add some rubber feet or router finger grooves in the side, so it would be easier to pick up the CB. Also, when posting a new project, the first picture you upload will be the main project picture. Your project picture looked like you made a face grain CB, when in fact it is an End Grain CB.

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

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#4 posted 08-13-2013 12:31 PM

I’ll 3rd the Titebond III suggestion. Titebond II is water resistant and should be ok, but I really like the longer open time (more time to work before the glue sets up) of titebond III. No need to rush to get a complex glue-up in clamps.

It’s a really nice looking board


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#5 posted 08-13-2013 01:07 PM

Nice cutting board! Definitely get the TiteBond 3! Looks like you cut original glued up panel into strips then turned them end for end but left them in a face grain-on-top orientation, nothing wrong with that. If you can find a piece of laminate covered board or something wide/long enough and smooth you can add a fence on top of it square to edge. I have two or three 1 inch thick laminate covered boards with fences along two edges to help line everything up and keep things square. You can clamp off the fences to pull everything tight with squeeze clamps or pipe clamps. Cauls such as these: (without the ‘outriggers’) reduce number of clamps needed (more room between clamps) and spread force more evenly. I also lay waxed paper under the CB to keep glue squeeze-out off my laminate surface although it is not too hard to clean if you get some on it. These jigs are great for glued up picture frames also. Enjoy and keep up the great looking CB coming!

-- Dennis, WV

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#6 posted 08-13-2013 03:20 PM

Thanks for all the support and comments everyone! I have already become addicted to this site from looking at everyone else’s projects, so amazing how good everyone here is. @Ken Thanks a million, i haven’t gotten up to Paso Robles yet but it looks like i will be making a trip soon. @everyone I will be heading to HD to pick some Titebond III very soon, thanks for the advice! I sincerely thank you all!

-- Brian, Vandenberg AFB

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#7 posted 08-13-2013 03:38 PM

That’s a really pretty board.

Beware of using oak because of the open grain. I’m stuck the way you are with Home Depot and Lowes for material, so my boards are pretty much all maple.

The only conceivable advice I could give is to browse the boards here and look up Degoose’s blog on making them (which is here on LJ someplace.) A little puzzling, reading and youtubing is pretty much guaranteed to result in some fast “hey wait! I can do that!” moments :)

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#8 posted 08-13-2013 04:34 PM

very nice boards keep up good work

-- greg indiana

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#9 posted 08-14-2013 02:15 PM

bblex82, you can also check out hayward lumber in Santa Maria.

-- Imperfections make it unique!

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#10 posted 09-18-2014 07:31 PM

I was running into the same problem here in Paso until it was suggested I check out Mayan Hardwood over by Lowes. Great selections of exotic hardwoods such as purple heart

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