Some random cutting boards

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Project by Stephen posted 02-26-2014 07:18 PM 3906 views 10 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are a few cutting boards I have finished lately. I am new to making them, been doing it for about two months now after being accepted as a vendor into the local farmers market. My real love is box making, but there is no one in my area that makes any cutting boards, so the market is wide open for me.
The first one is an ‘incra’ style walnut and soft maple one. I wish I had an incra fence, but was able to pull it off with my factory one.
The 2nd one is probably one of my favorites, I made it from a few old beams I got from a collapsed barn. The woods are oak and poplar. Something about the way the mineral streaks go through the poplar sections is amazing. I wish I had about 20 more boards of it, but unfortunately I only have one, lol.
The 3rd is just an edge grained one I made to show off a piece of curly oak I found in my stockpile. The other woods are walnut and elm.
The 4th is an end grain one with walnut and ambrosia maple. I thought it was really cool how the color showed up in the maple with it being end grained.
The 5th and last is just a standard end grain one with walnut and hard maple. I like it but hate how I can never seem to route out the juice groove without burning it in the corners.
Thanks for looking!

-- -Stephen, WV ,

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#1 posted 02-26-2014 07:28 PM

I love that stripey one…very cool

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#2 posted 02-26-2014 08:14 PM

Thanks. I forgot to mention, I use mineral oil for all my boards. For about 3 days I coat them constantly in just regular mineral oil I got from the local pharmacy ($1.49 for a large jug) and then I put a few coats of the howards mineral oil and beeswax. I found that if I used the howards from the start, the wax would coat the board and make it hard for enough oil to penetrate.

-- -Stephen, WV ,

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#3 posted 02-26-2014 08:54 PM

nice! i also like the ‘stripey one’, smart layout. As a point of interest, i like to use walnut oil. It absorbs well, drys and is all natural. Even though mineral oil is edible, something about it coming from petrochemicals makes me slightly uneasy.

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#4 posted 02-26-2014 10:13 PM

Very nice boards! I hope to get into this soon as well. You are doing great for someone new to it!

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#5 posted 02-27-2014 01:23 AM

Stunning boards. It really takes time to arrange and see ahead of the glue and cuts to make these happen. Nicely done.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#6 posted 02-27-2014 02:32 AM

All look good, that 2nd looks really cool, probably could of made a lot of cool things if you had more of it. One question, why does the last one made of walnut look jet black? Was curious what kind of wood it was and surprised it was walnut

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#7 posted 02-27-2014 02:45 AM

Yes, its regular old walnut milled here in WV. One reason it looks so dark is it happened to be a very dark piece of heartwood. The other is just to do with the lighting and that I took the photo with an all white background I think. It is very dark in person also. Oh, and one thing I forgot to mention is that on a lot of my boards I start out with a coating of tung oil before I switch to mineral oil. Gives it a little more contrast I think.

-- -Stephen, WV ,

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#8 posted 02-27-2014 12:27 PM

Nicely done. You have an eye for design and photography. You will do well.

All are nice but I really like the ambrosia one. It looks like birds flying out of the board or leaves falling. Neat.


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#9 posted 02-27-2014 01:42 PM

very nice I also like the ambrosia one.

-- Joe, Ga

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#10 posted 02-27-2014 06:21 PM

Forgive my ignorance but I am new to all of this. I thought that oak was not a good wood to use for a cutting board? Is that just an old tale?

-- ---Howard, Amesbury MA

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#11 posted 02-28-2014 03:19 AM

I have read a lot about the different woods for cutting baords, and for every bad thing about oak I find something good. Red oak is supposed to be bad for end grain boards because of its open pores. Another thing that made me decide to go ahead and use oak is that when I go into a high end cooking store, they are filled with oak boards.
To be careful though I normally only use oak I have found that is very old (old barn beams, etc) which always seems to be extra condensed and solid. Then I am careful about how I finish it.

Thanks everyone for the nice things you have said!

-- -Stephen, WV ,

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#12 posted 02-28-2014 07:18 AM

Nice patterns you make!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#13 posted 03-04-2014 05:11 PM

You make beautiful and attractive boards. The woods and patterns are really striking especially the 2nd and the 4th boards. I’m sure they will all be great sellers. Great work!

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#14 posted 03-30-2014 03:14 PM

Lovely work … and a great variety, too. The selection of woods you use will make it very hard for purchasers to choose!

-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA,

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