Cutting Boards & Spatula: Episode 2

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The stand for the cutting board is an excellent vehicle for learning how to cut stopped housing dadoes where both ends are enclosed. You’ll discover the true power of hand tool woodworking as every muscle and sinew is focussed on the hands and upper body. This stand is the answer for anyone wanting to learn handwork in recessed housings. The step-by-step procedures bring the certainty of a solid outcome in a well-made project!


  1. southofnonorth on 12 February 2021 at 12:27 pm

    Thanks very much for another gtreat free project – lovely wood, by the way!

  2. Tony Brennan on 12 February 2021 at 12:34 pm

    “That sounds like 3/16 deep.” – A year ago, I’d have thought you were joking but now I fully understand. Thanks from a 65 year old apprentice.

  3. Allan Collins on 12 February 2021 at 4:27 pm

    Great project. Tell us: where does a guy in the UK get mesquite? I’ve never seen it in western New York.

  4. Tod Jervey on 12 February 2021 at 4:52 pm

    Big grin and a nod.

  5. tim ziegler on 12 February 2021 at 6:40 pm

    Very nice Paul! Enjoyable and a learning experience all wrapped into one. Thank you.

  6. Noel Rodrigue on 13 February 2021 at 2:30 am

    Who did the music on this episode? I like the simplicity of it 😉

  7. Keith Walton on 18 February 2021 at 12:34 am

    Anyone else’s skin staining black from the mesquite?

  8. Larry Geib on 18 February 2021 at 3:13 am


    Some species of Proposis ( mesquite and new word Algarrobo ) are legume in the pea family have among the highest a tannin content of woods, so if your skin chemistry is “wrong” , you will likely get a dark stain. Other woods with tannin will also darken with a base or acid, depending on species. , ( Cherry ( base) , oak (acid), walnut( acid) hemlock ( acid) etc. )As you might have found out, ordinary soaps and hand cleaners don’t help much in getting it off your skin.

    But lemon or lime juice should clear things up on your hands nicely with mesquite. Eventually things will settle down.

  9. Larry Geib on 18 February 2021 at 3:49 am

    I Hate word replacement. The proper genus for Mesquite and Algarrobo is prosopis. And the algarrobo is not the European carob tree of the same name.

    And lemon/ lime juice will also rid your skin of walnut stain.

  10. Keith Walton on 18 February 2021 at 4:01 am

    Thanks, it goes away in about a day or so, I have noticed it a little bit before with other woods, but nothing this bad. Had a board of mesquite stashed away, first time ever using it. Took me three days in a row to realize it was just the wood and nothing else I had my hands on

  11. Oskar Weinzierl on 9 April 2021 at 10:52 am

    Hi, I probably missed it in the video, but which kind of oil was used for the finish?
    I always struggle with choosing a healthy finish, especially for kitchen tools or toys for children.

    • Izzy Berger on 25 May 2021 at 2:48 pm


      Paul says:Can’t get healthier than olive oil or vegetable oil and ignore anyone that says they go rancid because they can’t.


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