Cutting Boards Christmas Gifts
Here is a picture of the 3 cutting boards I made for Christmas Gifts.
The cutting boards are made of 5/4 Hard Maple and 5/4 Walnut. I ripped these into 3/4" wide strips 15" long and alternated the hardwood. After the glue up had dried and cured, I cross cut two additional strips 3/4" wide at 2" in from both sides and then flipped these strips over to alternate the colors and then glued them up again.
I used a random orbital sander to smooth out the surfaces. I started with 80 grit, then did 160 grit, then did 220 grit. I used a 5/16" round over bit with my router to put a radius on all edges, then finish sanded again with 220 grit paper. I then applied intestinal grade mineral oil as a finish that I bought from a pharmacy. This created a food grade safe finish and brought out even more contrast in the hardwood colors. I applied the mineral oil with a cloth, then wiped down and left to dry. After 3 coats, the pictures show what it ended up looking like.
A simple project, but one that will be cherished by my wife and daughter-in-laws for years to come.
I bought extra 16 oz bottles of mineral oil and will include them with the boards along with application instructions. This will allow them to renew the finish whenever the boards need it.