Cutting Boards (2004, 2005, 2009, 2014)
After a large project I inevitably have plenty of "scrap" wood around. Like most woodworkers, I HATE to throw away any wood, so I often use it for small projects instead. Here is a good example of what I often do with "scrap" wood - a cutting board.
I've made several of these over the years. The one pictured above if made with maple and walnut because that's what I had left over. You can choose many hardwoods as long as they're relatively hard (e.g. poplar would not be a great choice) and closed pored for sanitation (that rules out red oak and others). Walnut and maple make a great combination.
The finish on these pieces is about as easy as it gets. Just wipe on a liberal coat of mineral oil or two and it's good to go. As the surface wears from use you can occasionally re-apply the mineral oil to revitalize the surface.
Update 2004: Here are a few more I recently completed out of maple and walnut "scraps". Sizes of these boards range from about 8"x8" to 15"x19".
Update Oct 2005: After completing my new bench I had a bunch of 8/4 hard maple offcuts left over. There's no better wood than hard maple for cutting boards so I made up a couple thick ones. They both have routed juice slots and handles on the ends. Sizes are 11"x15" and 14"x23", both 1-3/4" thick.
Update Jul 2009:
Update Nov 2014: Couple more like the one above. From junky sappy cherry. Makes a nice pattern for an end grain cutting board.
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