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    I recently completed the cutting board project and I’d like to share some of my experiences.

    It was great fun making this project a really good learning experience. For some reason I used to find mortise and tenons a struggle to make accurately, but this project gave me more confidence and improved my accuracy.

    Two things I still want to practice are:
    – getting clean, straight mortise walls
    – avoiding a skewed groove when using the plough plane (try as I might, I couldn’t avoid this)

    I also made a huge mistake: when I cut the last haunch I realised I’d flipped the board so the tenon was near the outside edge instead of the inside edge. Since I’d already chopped the mortise there was little I could do. I decided to saw off the tenon (leaving just the haunch) and slide it through the mortise hole. This was a cosmetic patch up but it made that last tenon effectively useless for holding the boards together. I did use some glue along the haunch to help hold that side of the board together. My lesson here is: after marking, check and check again that things are the right way around!

    I actually ended up with two projects, as I used the remaining oak to make two small cutting boards.

    Anyway, here are some pics of the end result.


    They turned out nice Robert, good job buddy. 😉


    thank you!


    Nice work … i’m about to start this project myself in birdseye maple. Thanks for posting your experience with the construction.

    New Brunswick, Canada

    Matt Vaughn

    Thanks for posting. Turned out really nice.


    Greg Merritt

    They look good Robert. Nice Job.


    Mark Armstrong

    Well done you have learned a lesson. Double check before you cut.
    I must say that looks a nick piece of Oak and those medullary rays look loverly.

    Dagenham, Essex, England


    Great looking board Robert, well done

    Ontario, Canada

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