First post, First cutting boards

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Project by Tumerboy posted 01-06-2014 03:07 PM 1126 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finished a few cutting boards over the past month or so, and though I’d share them.

I started with the Walnut, Maple & Cherry board, which I made as an Xmas present to my mom. I had some left over scraps, and made the smaller checkered board from those.

Over the holidays, I got a lot of responses from friends asking me to make more, so I just finished the other two yesterday. The second pair are Walnut, Figured Maple, and Padauk. I know the face grain won’t hold up to chopping as well as edge/end grain, but when I found that piece of walnut, I couldn’t bring myself to slice it into strips.

Very new to all of this, but these have been fun. I don’t have a planer or a drum sander, so they’ve all been RO sanded to as flat as I can make them. None of them are perfect, but they sit flat, and don’t wobble, which is enough for me at the moment.

Anyway, hope you guys like them.

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#1 posted 01-06-2014 03:25 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks, lots of great people here. Great looking cutting boards.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#2 posted 01-06-2014 05:02 PM

Looking good, welcome to LJ! Your boards are nice.

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#3 posted 01-06-2014 05:55 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks, we are happy to have you on board, pun intended. This is a great group of woodworking folks from all over the globe. Your first posted cutting board projects are beauties, looking forward to more of your craftsmanship.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#4 posted 01-06-2014 05:56 PM

Thanks guys, I’ll definitely be making more.

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#5 posted 01-07-2014 03:37 AM

nice looking boards!

-- John Cobb

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#6 posted 01-07-2014 04:39 PM

Nice looking boards. I’m hoping to make my first board over the next few days.

I have put off making one. The first time was due to waiting on getting the wood I wanted to use. Of course… walnut, maple and cherry is what I wanted. And… now I have some of all three. The other thing I put it off for was not having a planer. I think your boards look GREAT and I’m even more impressed that you did them without a planer or drum sander. Great job.

And I guess… welcome to LJ’s.

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#7 posted 01-07-2014 07:01 PM

Angie, go for it. Each of them has had a variance of up to 1/8” in the boards once it’s all glued together (obviously I could improve there by a lot), but my RO sander and a few (5-7) 80 grit pads got it flat. RO sanded it at 120, and then hand sanded at 150 and 220 from there. Some of the sides aren’t perfectly planer to each other, (the small checker board in particular was taller on one side by 1/8” or so) but each surface is plenty flat, and the boards all sit fine on a flat surface.

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#8 posted 09-27-2014 03:13 AM

Those are very nice boards! I love the choice of woods. I love making cutting boards also. I just got a bench top bandsaw for $15. Can’t wait to get back in the shop this winter and get creative. Keep up the good work!

-- John, WI

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