My first cutting board

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Project by Melman posted 10-03-2013 01:42 AM 1373 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have finished my first cutting board, so I am asking to officially join “the club”. I learned two very valuable lessons on this project. First, I used three different woods (cherry, maple and alder), but I didn’t realize that the maple and cherry did not have as big a contrast as I had hoped. In raw form, you can tell the difference, but not after I finished it. As a side note, I sanded 150, 220 and 400, then finished with three coats of mineral oil and two coats of mineral oil and beeswax.

Second, upon glue up, I had enough pressure on all four sides, but I did not have any pressure on top. As a result, the board bowed up a little during glue up. I tried sanding with 80 grit, but I couldn’t easily get it even. So, against the advice of many LJ’s, I ran it through the planer. This worked, with the exception of some chip out on the ends. I thought about nipping the ends off with my chop saw, but I was content that this first board was a good learning experience.

I am showing pictures of the finished board, during sanding and at glue up.

Thanks for looking and I know that I’ll do a better job next time.

-- "All good stories cost you blood or money" - Pat Finney

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#1 posted 10-03-2013 02:25 AM

interesting pattern. in spite of mistakes, it looks good. practice makes perfect!

-- wiser1934, new york

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#2 posted 10-03-2013 03:24 AM

Thanks Wiser!!

I will take the pattern into consideration next time, too. At the time, it felt like it was spread around more than it looks now. If you look at the board in the sanding stage, you can see the difference between the maple and cherry.


-- "All good stories cost you blood or money" - Pat Finney

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#3 posted 10-03-2013 03:32 AM

welcome aboard !

nice first

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 10-03-2013 05:14 AM

Ya done good. I think the cherry will change color on you and give more and more contrast over time.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#5 posted 10-03-2013 12:55 PM

Nice board, it kinda reminds me of Space Invaders lol.

-- We all should push ourselves to learn new skills.

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#6 posted 10-03-2013 01:28 PM

I was thinking the same thing about Space Invaders. Very nice project. Like I always say, at the very least even a project gone horribly wrong still is good since I can learn something from it. And your project is far from horribly wrong to say the least. Can’t wait to see the next one.

-- When at first you don't succeed, get a bigger hammer.

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#7 posted 10-03-2013 07:39 PM

Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#8 posted 10-03-2013 08:34 PM

A TETRIS board, fantastic! you can make some great salads on that!

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#9 posted 10-07-2013 10:19 PM

Nice board. I run my end grain through my planer but only shave it each pass. One of the other things I do is take a 1/8 inch round over bit to the ends prior to running through the planer. This prevents the tear out. When I am done I trim the edges.

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#10 posted 10-07-2013 11:00 PM

Thanks for the advice Dave!!!

-- "All good stories cost you blood or money" - Pat Finney

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