07-21-2010 12:29 PM - edited 07-21-2010 12:43 PM
How to make a cutting board. Finished size will be 13"x15"x1-15/16".
1. Start with rough lumber, 1”x8”x6 foot walnut, 1”x4”x6 foot maple
2. Cut to 24” long pieces
3. Plane to consistent thickness, about 7/8” in this case
4. Rip to desired widths, 1-1/2” for walnut, 3/4" for maple, plus two walnut pieces at 3/8”
5. Arrange pieces in desired pattern
6. Glue up and wait a day
7. Plane flat, to about 3/4” thick
8. Cross cut to desired board thickness, in this case 1-15/16” (to minimize waste)
9. Arrange in pleasing pattern
10. Glue up and wait a day
11. Wipe excess glue off with warm water and sponge
12. Sand, sand, sand, from 50 grit up to 120 grit
13. Rout out side grooves for picking and holding
14. Sand off corners
15. Rout drainage groove on one side
16. More sanding
17. Rout edges with roundover bit
18. Apply brand
19. More sanding up to 220 grit
20. Apply finish, 2 coats of Butcher Block oil, let each coat dry for a day, sand 220 grit before applying next coat.
21. Sand 220 grit one more time, apply beeswax/mineral oil finish
22. Done, ready to use after curing for 3 days
Use and enjoy, reapply mineral oil or beeswax/mineral oil finish as needed (when water does not bead, time to reapply finish).
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07-21-2010 12:59 PM
An excellent tutorial and project. This forum was created for tutorials just like yours! I hope you've got more where this came from. Marlen @ WOOD
07-21-2010 01:04 PM
i have many other projects I've done over the years, but only pictures of the end results, no in progress pictures that others could benefit from. this cutting board was donated to a charity auction to benefit St. Jude's Hospital in Nashville, winner got it for $470.
08-04-2010 04:22 AM
I made an end grain cutting board a few months back, and was pleased with the result, but had a heck of time keeping the edges straight during glue up. I ended up having to put a board on either side of the cutting board and clamping that too.
I'm interested, in your 'Glue up and wait a day' step, did you have a method for keeping them all aligned?
08-04-2010 07:01 AM
see second picture in step 10, see how the clamps are on the sides (hard to see, but the whole mess was resting on some sticks of wood covered in blue painter's tape, to hold it off the bench). i did that, and used other temp clamps to snug things side to side, and then applied other clamps (see step 11) to get good even pressure, and then removed the first clamps. did this for both glue up steps, only showed it in the second glue up step. did i make that clear?
08-04-2010 07:08 AM - edited 08-04-2010 07:09 AM
One trick I've learend with doing laminations like this is not to glue-up all the boards at once, but to glue-up three or four strips at a time. It makes it much easier to control and adjust the strips for alignment and flatness. Marlen @ WOOD
08-04-2010 07:23 AM
Nice. I have seen several projects like this but it is nice to see from start to finish. It looks so easy, but I am still intimidated on trying it. I'm taking a trip to Amish country where there are lumber stores all over the place. Its nice to know what lenghts of lumber to start out with. I'm just going buy some lumber and see how it turns out.