Maple/Walnut Cutting Board

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Project by MT_Stringer posted 01-01-2014 06:40 AM 2925 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This Christmas season, I tried to make stuff from cut offs and left overs from other projects. That helped reduce the clutter in the shop. I had a couple of pieces of 8/4 maple and several 4/4×6 walnut a friend had given me.

So, I ripped up the maple and walnut and glued ‘em up to make a board that turned out to be slightly more than 15 inches wide x 24 inches long.

After the glue dried, I used a drum sander to smooth it out. Then I hit it with the ROS and wiped it with a wet rag. Next sanding was at 120, then more wet rag. Finally, 220 and then 320. As you can see in the pics, I routed a juice groove on one side and a couple of finger reliefs on each end. A good soaking in mineral oil and I am calling this a done deal.

It sold shortly after I got through with it. It will be used by a cook-off team at this year’s Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

It is not fancy but functional, to say the least.
Hope you like it.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#1 posted 01-01-2014 08:25 AM

I really do like it Michael but I hope that now that we’re into a new year you will start to post shots taken during the making of your projects so that I/we can SEE how you make these great items.

-- Harry, Western Australia

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#2 posted 01-01-2014 10:14 AM

Really nicely done, Sir. Just a super job.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 [email protected]

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#3 posted 01-01-2014 03:37 PM

Great job. I have not made a trough on any of mine yet, I am scared of messing up all my hard work.

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#4 posted 01-01-2014 04:25 PM

That’s a beauty. I like the wood combos

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#5 posted 01-01-2014 04:44 PM

beautiful board,nice work..

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#6 posted 01-01-2014 08:01 PM

Thanks for the nice replies. I worried a lot about cutting the juice groove but it turned out nice.

“I really do like it Michael but I hope that now that we’re into a new year you will start to post shots taken during the making of your projects so that I/we can SEE how you make these great items.”

@Harry – Here are a couple more pics. The maple was ripped from two boards that were 1 3/4 thick x 8 inches wide…about 25-26 inches long. The walnut boards were 3/4 inch thick x 6 inches wide. I ripped them 1 3/4 inch wide, then turned them on edge so I wound up with maple that was 1 3/4 wide and the walnut strips were 3/4 inch wide.

Titebond III was used to edge glue the boards. No biscuits or dowels.

I made a makeshift support that surroiunded the board so I would have a level place to run the router. After some careful measuring, I made the cut using a template bushing and a 1/2 inch bull nose router bit. It worked out really well. What I didn’t get a pic of is the supports that I taped on to the center portion of the board so the router would rest on them also and not let me tip it and booger up the groove.

Then I took everything apart and remounted some of the boards on the end so I could route the finger relief. That worked great. Note that this was my first try at either of these tasks so I was really happy that I didn’t screw up the board.

After routing the grooves, I proceeded with the sanding until I had it ready to finish. I couldn’t find anything that was big enough that I could lay the board in so I made my own. I fashioned a dam and used some plastic to make a pond for the board. :-) I poured the mineral oil over it and rubbed it in and let it sit over night. Then I flipped it and soaked the other side. I used about a pint of mineral oil on this board.

It turned out nice. The effort of wetting the board and sanding the raised fibers worked great. It is nice and smooth.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#7 posted 01-02-2014 01:24 AM

Pretty work

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#8 posted 01-02-2014 01:32 AM

Nice looking board. Have you ever tried Howard’s Butcher block conditioner?
It is a oil/wax mix that dries quicker than mineral oil, and leaves a nice satin smooth finish.
It is available at Home Depot if you are ever interested.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#9 posted 01-02-2014 02:12 AM

@Willie. Thanks. I have some but didn’t use it on this board.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#10 posted 01-02-2014 05:13 AM

Looking good, well done. Nice classic wood selection, they go perfectly together.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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