Chevron Cutting Board

WoodworkingManiak

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With a bit of short notice, I was invited to join in with many other YouTube woodworking friends in a challenge. The challenge was to make a video building some sort of kitchen utensil and post the video today.  Below is my video of a Chevron cutting board that I made. I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I enjoyed making it. Below the video is a written blog of the process.

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I started with rough lumber, so I had to flatten one side and square up another edge first.

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Then I moved flattened all of my boards to the same thickness on the planer.

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The cherry I used was 4/4 stock, so it was thinner than the 8/4 spalted maple, ash and walnut. So I used the table saw to cut it to be the thickness of the rest of the woods in the board.

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I then proceeded on the first glue-up making an even pattern of ash, walnut, cherry, with the spalted maple in the center.

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Even though the parallel clamps provide great even clamping pressure, it’s important to provide opposing clamps so the glue-up stays flat while it dries.

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Once out of the clamps, I cleaned up the glue squeeze out and sent the board through the planer to even it back out.

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Then back at the table saw, I used my miter gauge to cut off a 15 degree section off of one end of the board.

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I then referenced from this new edge with my fence and cut 2 1/2″ strips.

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The table saw didn’t leave a glue-ready edge. Normally, you would not ever want to bring end-grain to the jointer… However, with the angle these are cut, and by taking an extremely light pass, I’ve experienced this to make a very clean cut.

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And now for the next glue-up.

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This one is a bit tedious. I had to make sure it all lined up perfectly.

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After the glue dried, I cleaned up the squeeze out and another trip through the planer.

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I used my crosscut sled to trim one of the jagged edges square.

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And then used the fence to cut the other side.

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I then put a round-over on all the edges on the router table.

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Did lots and lots of sanding… I have a routine for my cutting boards that goes a bit further than most. I go through the following grits to start: 80, 120, 150,220, 320. Then I wet the cutting board with a spray bottle and let it dry. This raises the fibers and makes it feel a little “hairy.” After that I sand again with 320 and move on to 400. It provides an excellent finish that people recognize.

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I then let the board soak in a bath of mineral oil for about twenty minutes.

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During that time, I turn on my wax heater. This heater has a mix of mineral oil and beeswax that I make. It can be applied at room temperature, but I find that by heating it and applying it melted, it gets deeper in the fibers of the wood.Chevron-Cutting-Board_img22 Chevron-Cutting-Board_img23 Chevron-Cutting-Board_img24

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