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465 Bell Forest Paddle Cutting Board

September 18, 20117 Comments

The holiday season is practically knocking on our doors and it’s the perfect time to start thinking of projects for loved ones and friends. Who doesn’t love receiving a gift you know was made with their own two hands? I know my family does, and up until this year they’ve been sadly disappointed in the past. But not this time around!

Ever since the guys at Bell Forest have become an advertiser on the site I’ve been haunting THEIR website looking at amazing stock for project ideas.

One thing that caught my eye early on was some of the project kits they had available. These are kits perfect for a weekend build or just for someone looking for an easy to assemble gift without a lot of hassle with designing and planning the construction process.

The Paddle Cutting Board is one of those kits. Sent with everything you need to build; the wood, the template, the directions. All you need to add is time, tools, glue and you. Who could ask for more?

To find out more about the Paddle Cutting Board kit or any of the other great offerings from Bell Forest visit their website at www.bellforestproducts.com You better hurry though, now that the holidays know were talking about them they’ll charge right at us instead of sneak up from behind.

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  1. Jim says:

    Matt, this looks like a great build for a gift. What food safe finish will you be going with for this? I saw on Fine Woodworking’s site a list of oils and shellac, and also see that there’s a “salad bowl” finish available…

    • Matt says:

      I’m most likely going to go with something simple like mineral oil, etc. I’ve never used it before, this is my first cutting board, so I figure I better give it a shot to see how it works.

      Film finishes like shellac, etc. would work, but they would take such a beating and need to be replaced far too often in my opinion. Then again, if it was only for display or dedicated to serving and presentation…they would work too.

      Thanks for watching!

  2. Mike Russo says:

    Matt, I ordered this kit after watching you make it, and I just wanted to make a quick post so that anyone else that orders one of these knows that you didn’t mis-cut the center of the board. You did follow the directions. The directions are wrong…the template is too large. I wish I would have known this before I cut any word. I’m now three days from Christmas and have to monkey around with trying to reshape something that I should have been able to quickly template rout! Not happy with Bell Forest Products down here in South Florida!!!

    Thank you for all you do for the woodworking world! If you have any contacts at Bell, it might help others to let them know that they are the problem, not you! :-)

    Have a Merry Christmas!!! :-)

    • Matt says:

      Wow! I guess I’m so use to having an error, I just ASSUMED it was me lol!

      • Mike Russo says:

        LOL Matt! Just an update….I contacted Bell and they have now fixed the error on their instructions. I was hoping I could just round out the handle the way you did, but I don’t have the files and rasps to do so. I’m going to make this blank into some kind of tray and I’ll make an actual cutting board in January. (Bell is going to send me another kit)

        I’ve got to tell you, Bell is a great company to deal with. I don’t think I’ve ever had a reply to an email so fast!

        Thanks again! :-)

        • Matt says:

          I had a feeling the guys at Bell Forest would take care of it! They really are a great resource to work with.

          Now you’ll have a matching set. Maybe it’ll become a new build kit? They can call it the “Russo set” LOL!

  3. Mike – Thank you for alerting us to the error on our paddle cutting board instructions. We have corrected the problem. If anyone that reads this needs a new set of instructions or had a problem with the kit, please contact me and I will do my best to fix it.

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