end grain cutting board made with hand tools

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Project by arthurbvb posted 11-01-2013 04:57 PM 4851 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

By far not the most beautiful cutting board, but for me it is a joy to make. I will be making 6 for the holidays.
This cutting board was only made with hand tools as I have nog electricity in my shed. It was made from old chamfered table legs and cut of peaces of walnut. They were dimensioned first with the scrub plane and later with a wooden jack plane. Then sawed, glued together en flattened with a block plane. The recess for the fingers is made by boring two holes with a hand auger and then removing the waste with a chisel. Not as beautiful as with the router but ok.
I finish them with raw tung oil.

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#1 posted 11-01-2013 05:33 PM

Hand tools? Awesome. Good Job. Congratulations. Nice choise of colours

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#2 posted 11-01-2013 05:58 PM

Very nice. Good to see the hand tool use.

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#3 posted 11-01-2013 06:43 PM

COngratulations, you are a hero :) Nice boards indeed

And welcome to LJ!

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#4 posted 11-01-2013 07:50 PM

What a glorious cutting board produced without ANY electricity, thats amazing.

Using a hand drill to remove the bulk of the waste… i love it.

Did you get 2+ cutting boards out of that glue up? It looked much longer than the finished piece.


And yes it is a beautiful board.

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#5 posted 11-01-2013 08:35 PM

Thanks for all the positive comments
I got two cutting boards out of that glue up and some additional pieces for an extra board. It is almost christmas and I often make cutting boards for family and friends.

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#6 posted 11-02-2013 08:29 AM

Wow! You did yours that HARD way. I’m impressed. VERY nice!

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#7 posted 11-05-2013 02:25 PM

Great looking and impressive boards which are made using limited tools. Like the shape and the wood colors. They are great gift ideas indeed!

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