My grandpa used to make cutting boards and I was raised to believe that all cutting boards should be made of wood (disclaimer: I cut raw chicken on plastic cutting boards that can go in the dishwasher). I love the weight, feel, and look of a wooden cutting board. I am convinced that the use of a wooden cutting board adds more love to meal.
Mr. R&R purchased maple and cherry to accompany the black walnut in the cutting boards he decided to make. Cutting boards require the use of hard woods since germs and food can stick in soft woods easier. Mr. R&R cut the boards of various thicknesses, but all were an 1 ½ tall. At some point, he used the planer and joiner, but the details of that process confuse me.
I was excited to assist in the process of creating the pattern for the cutting boards. The possibilities were endless. I went with my gut when mixing and matching the assorted woods. After the pattern was determined, Mr. R&R glued and clamped each piece together. Once the boards were dry, he cut the ends to make an even rectangle and ran the cutting boards through the planer. One board is 10×19 (the board with two black walnut pieces) and the other is 10.5×17.25 (the board with three black walnut pieces).
Once he had flat even cutting boards, he used a router to create a round edge along of the top of each board. A little bit more hand sanding and the boards were ready for one coat of butcher-block oil. The butcher-block oil made the grains and swirls from knots come alive. The dimension and contrast of the maple, cherry, and walnut is a beautiful sight to be seen.
When Mr. R&R brought the completed cutting boards in the house, Rose asked, “are you going to sell those?” Well Rose, that is the goal. The cutting boards will be available at the St. John Vianney Craft Fair on November 21st.