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Maple Cutting Board

 

Maple Cutting Board with Cherry Stripe

Woods: Hard Maple, Cherry

Dimensions (large)
Length: 16"
Width: 10"
Thickness: 1"
   
Dimensions (small)
Length: 9"
Width: 6 1/2"
Thickness: 3/4"
 

These cutting boards are made of hard maple and cherry. The maple is oriented with the edge grain up. The cherry is just there for looks. This is a very easy yet rewarding project. These cutting boards are not just for looks, they get used.

The cutting boards are finished with mineral oil. This can be purchased in woodworking stores for about $10 a bottle or at a pharmacy for just a few dollars. Please don't apply your normal finish on a cutting board. Remember, you'll be eating the food you cut on it. Unless the finish is specifically for food, assume it contains metallic driers and other toxins that you shouldn't feed your family.

If you plan on making cutting boards, make a bunch. Once you get going they don't take long and they make great gifts.

December 2004 Update

It is cutting board season in the shop again. December is the month when the shop is transformed into a gift making shop. Since I've found cutting boards to be well appreciated as gifts I decided to make a few more this year. This time around I've updated my designs a bit. The boards are now a full inch thick compared to 3/4" last year.

This year I decided to use more traditional woodworking tools for preparing the boards for the mineral oil finish. Instead of the typical sanding process I decided to use nothing but planes and scrapers. To simplify the process of planing and scraping I made sure the grain on all of the boards were running the same direction when I glued the 8 boards together. Skipping that step would cause too much chipout and using planes would be a major disaster. Even using this technique, chipout was still an issue. To solve that I just used my Stanley No. 80 scraper, my Clifton card scraper and my Lie-Nielsen No. 212 scraper. All performed admirably but the No. 80 was the best tool for the job. As you can see from the picture below, the No. 80 scraper will produce some very nice shavings.

Cutting Boards In Process

 

 

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