Cutting Boards

This blog is a twofer. On one hand if someone is new to the cutting board game and comes across this post and it helps then Yay! On the other hand I need to constantly remind myself that they are something I can make. 
1 Decide what type cutting board you want to make. You can make a face grain, side grain or end grain board. Face grain is the easiest to make and can be prettiest since you can see wood grain. Side grain is the next best cutting board, there is more that goes into making one. End grain is your most complex cutting board to make but by far the more superior board to make.
2.Pick out your wood. I love working with Maple and Walnut. I also like to toss in some Purple Heart and Paduak. You want to make sure you aren’t using the softer hardwood, IE cedar. 
*I’ve only made face and side grain, so I can’t offer anything more on end grain boards. Yet!*
3. Once you’ve picked out your board run your boards through a planer to give them a nice clean surface. (don’t have a planer, you can use a drum sander or your orbital sander)
4. If you are doing a face grain board, decide how big of a board you are doing and cut it to size. If doing a side grain decide how thick your board will be and start ripping your boards down. 
5. Once you have your boards ripped you can start designing and then gluing up your sections. Once glued I like to let my boards stay in the clamps for 12 hours, giving them a nice cure time. 
6. Now that my boards are glued up I can plane them down and cut them into the sizes I want. 
7. After the boards are cut and planed I router the edges. I will also some times add a juice groove to the boards. 
8. Next I soak the boards in food grade mineral oil for 20 minutes.
9. Finally once the board has soaked and dried I buff each cutting board using my Bee Oil.
*each of my cutting boards comes with a complimentary jar of the Bee Oil*