Flattening Cutting Boards

I have a problem.  Not so much a problem, more a lack of proper power tools.  As such, when I am making cutting boards, tables, benches, etc. I have to use my hand planes to make wood flat.  Of course, I try to buy the flattest stock I can, however, as wood sits around the shop, it will sometimes warp a bit.  Take this beautiful rough sawn cherry I picked up a few months ago.  While most of it has been flat and very easy to work with, some of it has warped over time.

The other issue is my glue ups for cutting boards haven’t been perfect.  As a result, there are highs and lows to each piece.  forsale2 (1 of 2)

I know it’s hard to see in this shot, but just below my trusty #5 is a bunch of pencil marks.  These indicate the high spot on this side of the board.  To flatten, I use my #5, #4, and on really rough stuff, my #8 planes to flatten things out.  I remove a little material at a time, checking often that things are nice and flat.  Once flat and sanded smooth, each piece is hand rubbed with either mineral oil or wax.

forsale2 (2 of 2)The end result is definitely worth the effort:

Cutting Board


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