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Made this for my older sister for her birthday

Step 1: Make Strips

Begin by cutting strips 1/2" thick x 3/4" wide. Out of black walnut and pine. However long you want it.. (maybe a little long to allow for error)

Step 2: Dry Assembly and Glue Prep

Dry assemble the pieces to make sure they are going to fit, move the clamps to the right size (a little bigger to allow for movement while gluing the pieces) and tape up the rail to prevent unwanted gluing.

Step 3: Clamp and Dry

Once you glue the pieces, begin to tighten up the clamps. I used three clamps to prevent arching of the wood, I also used two dummy boards to prevent clamp marks and apply even pressure.

Step 4: Smooth Things Up

After allowing the strips to dry into a soild board (24 hours), and run it through the planer on both sides till smooth.

Step 5: Cut Off the Excess

Cut off the pieces that are sticking out make all the pieces even and flush.

Step 6: Round the Edges

Use a router with a rounding bit and round the edges on both sides...

Step 7: Sand Down

Use 100 grit sandpaper and sand the entire piece rounding the corners. Then use 150 grit sandpaper and sand it down again for a smooth finish

Step 8: Wax Coating

Once it is sanded down, it is time to coat it. I used a gulf wax and mineral oil mix, melted down using a double boiler. Apply four coats to both sides, let each coat sit for 20 mins before wiping off the excess wax.

Step 9: The Hard Part

clean-up

Step 10: Finished Projet

Once done your cutting board will resist water and be easy to clean. You may need to apply a coat from time to time depending on your usage.
<p>Nice looking board but isn't pine a little soft for a cutting board? I use all hardwood on mine and they still get dinged up pretty good after a few months.</p>
Thank you for your comment, you are probably right. I am new to woodworking, and pine boards was what I had access to at the time that was lighter than the black walnut. I have old oak boards that I used to make a island but it seemed too dark to use with the black walnut. What would you suggest I use that is as light as pine yet as strong as black walnut..?
<p>As dirtbikedude mentioned hard maple is probably the wood of choice but it's pretty spendy. I live in an area where ash and silver maple (about 60% the hardness of hard maple) is available so I usually can talk a tree service out of a few pieces and then mill my own. Lot's more work but then a lot more satisfaction when offering the finished product to someone. As I said above yours looks great but make sure to keep up on oiling it so that bacteria doesn't collect.</p>
maybe y'all will know what type of wood this is... I know it is a hard wood.. but not sure what type...
<p>I'm not great at identifying wood but the left picture looks like oak (if as you said it is a hardwood) but I can't really tell for sure. If there are other trees like it nearby you might be better able to id it positively. Check out this link: <a href="http://forestry.about.com/od/treeidentification/tp/tree_key_id_start.htm" rel="nofollow">http://forestry.about.com/od/treeidentification/tp...</a></p><p>good luck! </p>
found it on our horse property
It really isn't a good idea to use pine in a cutting board, not only is it a very soft wood and dents easily it can absorb the taste of things you have previously chopped. A good contrast with the walnut boards is either hard maple or even yellowheart.

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