WoodWorking Project 1 - AJ's Cutting Board / by Jared Groneman

I've recently become obsessed with wood and woodworking. I decided, as I do with most things, to jump head first with no regard for proper tools, supplies, or education. Armed with YouTube videos and the helpful people at WoodCraft I started project 1, a cutting board for my cousin AJ. AJ's A&S Custom Woods have been making 2x4 based tables and benches for a while now and it got me thinking maybe I could do something similar. I picked up a Cutting Board Kit No3 from Woodcraft and got to work.

Materials

Walnut 3/4" x 1 1/2" x 16"
Cherry 3/4" X 1 1/2" X 16"
Purpleheart 1/4" x 3/4" x 16"
Yellowheart 1/4" x 3/4" x 16"

Of course, I had to complicate matters by doing more than just gluing the wood together and sanding it down (I blame Frank Howarth and mtmwood). I split the boards into two groups and glued them together. Afterwards I took a miter saw and made small slices of each of the two boards. I was going to turn them on their ends to make an end grain cutting board, but my hand sanding skills had left the tops of the pieces uneven making end grain a no go. I ended up making a pattern out of the pieces and gluing them all together.

Finally I glued together the two halves, sanded it flat, rounded the edges, and finished it with General Finishes Satin TopCoat. This is how it came out. I call this "cutting board on grass"

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