Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 18

Thread: Butcher Block Cutting Board Take II

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    ABQ NM
    Posts
    29,211

    Butcher Block Cutting Board Take II

    As I mentioned in this thread, I have a nephew in culinary school who needs a real chef's chopping block. My first attempt didn't meet my standards (so I'm using it myself), but I just finished up the remake...bigger, better, stronger. These pics leave a bit to be desired -- the board's too big to fit into my photo tent -- but it's what ya get.

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	JJ Board 3.jpg 
Views:	99 
Size:	79.5 KB 
ID:	2541

    This board is about 20" x 15 1/4", and about 1 3/4" thick. This one's the biggest I've made so far; I had to take the back rail off my crosscut sled to trim the long edges. Hard maple, walnut and cherry, sanded to 400 and slathered in mineral oil for a couple days. I still need to build a crate to ship it to my nephew in, but it'll be faster and easier to build something out of wood and staples than trying to fabricate something strong enough out of cardboard and tape. (BTW, the orange was picked from our backyard tree yesterday. It's orange juice season in our house.)

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	JJ Board 2.jpg 
Views:	94 
Size:	66.5 KB 
ID:	2542

    Although I had originally planned on staggering the joints, I decided to be gutsy and do it with the joints aligned at the corners, even though that's one of the things I'd messed up on the original attempt. (Plus, everyone seems to be building boards with staggered joint these days, and I wanted to be different.) As discussed in the earlier thread, I used plastic resin glue this time, so I've had no creep issues.

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	JJ Board 4.jpg 
Views:	77 
Size:	81.1 KB 
ID:	2544

    The edge grip indentations were just done with a 1" core box bit on the router table with a pair of fences (front and back) to keep things aligned, and a couple of stop blocks to keep things consistent.

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	JJ Board 1.jpg 
Views:	71 
Size:	49.6 KB 
ID:	2543

    This one's also not perfect, but it's close enough to pass muster and get sent out into public with my name on it.

    Comments, questions and suggestions are welcome -
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

    workingwoods.com

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Tokyo Japan
    Posts
    15,640
    That is really really nice, I'm going to have to add that kind of thing to my list of stuff I want to make

    I think even the Dolphins like it!

    Yep, a cut above
    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
    William Arthur Ward

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Southern Georgia
    Posts
    1,396
    Wow Vaughn, that's one gorgeous cutting board! I really like the way the pattern came out.

    But, aren't you worried your nephew will be afraid to use such a nice looking board? It looks like it belongs 'on display' somewhere, not in a kitchen getting beaten up!

    - Marty -

    (BTW, is that a Global I see next to the orange? I bought one on a whim when Amazon had them on sale, and after using it, wound up buying more...)
    Fivebraids, Inc.
    When you earnestly believe you can compensate for a lack of skill by doubling your efforts, there’s no end to what you can’t do…

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Tokyo Japan
    Posts
    15,640
    man, I got to say, I'm really in trouble now, my lovely wife saw this post.........

    Yep, she LIKES it.......

    Thanks Vaughn..........
    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
    William Arthur Ward

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    ozarks
    Posts
    4,992
    nice work vaughn! i like it.....tod
    [SIZE="1"] associated with several importers and manufacturers.[/SIZE]

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    The Heart of Dixie
    Posts
    4,265
    I keep reading about everyone making cutting boards and I usually skip through them. After seeing yours Vaughn I have to look at cutting boards a little bit differently. This may have to be added to my list of things to do.

    My wife is wonderful cook and keeps a cutting board on the cabinets at all times. My sister is a Chef. Glad they didn't see this or it would be on top of my list.

    Of course you know what happened last time you posted a project Vaughn. Must resist this time!

    Very nice, I am most impressed. And as a side note, the one thing I am envious about you guys that live in Cali, (and it's the only thing ) is the fruit trees. We just can't grow lemons, limes and oranges here.

  7. #7
    Vaughn

    Great looking piece, I really like the pattern.

    But......... are you just going to try to slip the dolphins buy in the post? Is this a stealth gloat? That is a wonderful table, give us more details!

    Jay

  8. #8
    Very nice, Vaughn. When I think of a cutting board, it's usually just a bunch of strips of maple laminated together. Your board is a piece of art! I can't imagine running a sharp knife across the top of that board.
    You do beautiful work. I'm sure your nephew will appreciate it.
    George

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Oliver Springs, TN
    Posts
    1,630
    Great board vaughn. I like the slight contrast in the walnut that forms a triangular pattern in the board.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    ABQ NM
    Posts
    29,211
    Thanks for the comments, guys. To answer the questions and comments...

    After the first few scratches, I don't think there will be any hesitation to use it. It'll eventually get a nice 'patina' from use, and knowing my nephew, he won't be afraid to work on it. (Plus, a bit of sandpaper and time, and he can return it to like-new condition.)

    Yeppers Marty, the knife's a Global. I was raised around good knives, but the first time I used a Global I was blown away. I've got three, and will eventually have more.

    Jay, the dolphin table is something LOML and I picked up at the LA County Fair (of all places) this past summer. It's carved out of a single piece of what was billed as mahogany, and I'm guessing the artist is some guy in Indonesia (based on the other items the seller was offering). The glass top is simply resting on the beaks of the lower two dolphins and a slot cut into the "wave". As much as I'd like to use my shop to add to our household furniture, this is one piece I seriously doubt I could make for us.

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	DSC_0864 TC 600.jpg 
Views:	26 
Size:	91.9 KB 
ID:	2552

    Thanks again for the kind words -
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

    workingwoods.com

Similar Threads

  1. The butcher block project...
    By John Pollman in forum Flatwork Project Showcase
    Replies: 20
    Last Post: 04-17-2013, 05:47 PM
  2. End Grain Butcher Block For Counters?
    By Matt Hutchinson in forum General Woodworking Q&A
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 12-23-2012, 08:33 PM
  3. how would you flatten an old butcher block?
    By Frank Fusco in forum General Woodworking Q&A
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 02-17-2007, 02:54 PM
  4. Maple Butcher Block Cutting Board
    By Vaughn McMillan in forum Flatwork Project Showcase
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 12-15-2006, 01:24 AM
  5. Butcher Block Oil...............
    By Mark Rios in forum Finishing School
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: 11-16-2006, 10:01 PM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •