Cutting Boards & Spatula

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Not all of Paul’s projects need to be large or complicated to result in a gem of a project. Experience tells us that very often we learn techniques and master skills in the small, seemingly simple items that pave the way to more complex pieces; this kitchen set is such a project. Paul uses the spokeshave in situations where most might never think to use it and achieves results that eliminate the need for further sanding smooth. We hope that you enjoy taking some of your scraps to make this perfect gift!

32 Comments

  1. Jon on 22 January 2021 at 10:21 am

    Oh my gosh! So great. I’ve managed to put off learning the spokeshave but it’s been nagging at me since it’s a tool Paul shows to be fundamental. I learn so much sensitivity from simple projects. Can’t wait! Thanks.

  2. Richard [email protected] on 22 January 2021 at 4:02 pm

    Simple is good! So looking forward to improving precision skills.

  3. marc carpenter on 22 January 2021 at 4:02 pm

    OK, I give – is there more to video and/or instructions?

    Please don’t make me take responsibility of thinking through this myself!

    • Izzy BergerTeam Member on 27 January 2021 at 12:44 pm

      Hi,

      Episode 1 will be released tomorrow (28th January). There is a total of 2 episodes in this series.

      Izzy

  4. Art Daedelow on 22 January 2021 at 4:14 pm

    Can’t wait for the video to be shown. Paul is such a great woodworker and teacher. His projects are amazing especially when you watch him using hand tools to make the projects.

  5. David B on 22 January 2021 at 5:06 pm

    Beautiful set. I’d love to see Paul tackle an end-grain cutting board. So much more cutting involved (and getting the final product perfectly flat/smooth take some serious work/precision. But the designs can be so cool and the surface is arguably the best surface for cutting/chopping on. I’ve only ever really seen them done with power tools but I know Paul could do a bang-up job on one (if he hasn’t already)!

  6. ehisey on 22 January 2021 at 9:19 pm

    @jmarc
    This is the intro video. There will be new videos each Friday as Paul walks you through the parts of the project.

  7. ehisey on 22 January 2021 at 9:24 pm

    David-
    The only difficult part of doing an endgrain cutting board is squaring up the stock for the end grain strips. After that is just a matter of glue in up the stock in the pattern you want, then plane and scrape flat.

  8. James Taylor on 22 January 2021 at 10:29 pm

    Splendid project and useful. Great for gifts. One question: where does Paul get his mesquite? I don’ believe that is native to the UK.

    • Izzy BergerTeam Member on 4 February 2021 at 4:18 pm

      Hi,

      Paul says:
      I just happened to have a few boards and I wanted my family to have boards that would never crack or distort. Any other hardwood will work though. The glued up ones always come apart.

      Izzy

  9. Larry Christensen on 23 January 2021 at 12:32 am

    Paul lived in Texas for many years, he mentioned he brought a lot of mesquite with when he moved back to the UK.

  10. Noel Rodrigue on 23 January 2021 at 1:26 am

    I’ve been experiencing video ‘freeze up’ while watching this video, I tried again with the settings on Auto, but nope that’s not it. Just thought you’d like to know. I must admit I liked what I saw and didn’t get overly concerned with the hiccup because the sound was flowing correctly.

    Until next time.

  11. Benoît Van Noten on 23 January 2021 at 1:36 pm

    It happens during the few first days after release. Too much people trying to look at the same time.
    In that case I try again later.
    We can not ask Paul to have a server dimensioned for those rushes that would sit nearly idle the rest of the time.

  12. Marinko Galetic on 23 January 2021 at 6:38 pm

    Use 720p

  13. Debra J on 24 January 2021 at 8:08 am

    I love mesquite. And I can’t wait to see this series.

  14. Trevor Hosken on 24 January 2021 at 9:35 am

    Great. I’ve been looking for a simple job to do with my lads that involves stopped housings and simple shaping. Thanks Paul once again. Wonderful idea.
    Much blessing.
    Trevor

  15. Marcin Gonsievski on 24 January 2021 at 5:39 pm

    Can I make it from oak?

    • Izzy BergerTeam Member on 4 February 2021 at 4:21 pm

      Hi,

      Paul says:
      Yes. It’s not the best wood because of porosity.

      Izzy

  16. Larry Geib on 25 January 2021 at 1:42 am

    Paul discusses wood options at 1:40 in the video.

  17. Roberto Fischer on 25 January 2021 at 1:55 am

    Oak is bad for this type of stuff because if its enormous pores.

  18. Kent Hansen on 25 January 2021 at 9:51 pm

    Ditto on Mr Fischer’s comment regarding oak…recommend a tighter grained species

  19. NikonD80 on 25 January 2021 at 10:25 pm

    I t happens during the few first days after release. Too much people trying to look at the same time.
    In that case I try again later.
    We can not ask Paul to have a server dimensioned for those rushes that would sit nearly idle the rest of the time.

    Sorry mate but that’s exactly what you can have. It’s called elastic computing. You just pay for the server delivery you use. 🙂

  20. Keith Walton on 26 January 2021 at 8:43 pm

    You can use oak, no problems. See the bread board video

  21. Roberto Fischer on 27 January 2021 at 12:52 am

    Bread board isn’t meant for wet foods, though.

  22. James Taylor on 29 January 2021 at 5:31 pm

    I realize Paul lived in TX for many years, but he seems to have an inexhaustible supply of mesquite. Does have it shipped from TX from time-to-time? If so, from where does he order it?

    • Izzy BergerTeam Member on 3 March 2021 at 4:13 pm

      Hi James,

      Paul says:
      I saved many trees from my life making in Texas. It is going down so I choose special projects for my family friends mostly.

      Izzy

  23. deanbecker on 29 January 2021 at 8:31 pm

    Mesquite is readily available on the internet. All you have to do is hrot your teeth and pay the postage.

  24. Richard on 6 February 2021 at 7:36 pm

    This looks like a fun project, and I appreciate the blend of easier and more complicated projects that you all have been producing. Looking forward to this one.

  25. David Lukas on 9 March 2021 at 2:49 pm

    Hello, please write me here, which kind of wood is suitable for cutting board?
    Thanks David

    • Izzy BergerTeam Member on 14 April 2021 at 10:01 am

      Hi, David,

      If you skip to 1:40 in the video Paul discusses this.

      Izzy

  26. Joseph P. on 9 April 2021 at 4:45 am

    David, most hardwoods work well, like maple, cherry, etc. Avoid softwoods like pine because they wont stand up well, as well as woods with very open grain, like oak.
    Joe

  27. Debashis Sen on 9 August 2021 at 12:44 am

    Hello:
    I am trying this now. Late to the show! But could you please tell me the length of the first cutting board the Paul does on this episode? The one with the ⅜ inch and thickness, 1inch wide handle, and 4 ¼ inch width?

    Thank you.

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