Which flavor should I go with?

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Blog entry by Brad_Nailor posted 08-09-2011 07:10 AM 6994 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I attended two weddings this summer. I gave certificates for custom cutting boards for gifts. I like to do this rather than just make one and give it , this way the couple has input as to what kind and style of board they would like. I also decided to make a matching serving tray for the cutting board, carrying over the style and woods that I use in the board. The first couple decided they liked the end grain checkerboard butcher block style board..
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So I created a basic design for a serving tray in Sketchup, and I have two different versions that I am trying to decide between. I did a couple quick renders, with the new Podium 2.0 to get an idea which version I like please everyone chime in and give me some feedback..

This one..Mostly Walnut with a maple bottom and the checkerboard stripe. I can also do an opposite version thats is mostly Maple with a Walnut bottom and the same stripe..

This version has a little more flair carrying the black/white theme a little farther, with split color corner splines!

Let me know what everyone thinks..i kinda like the second one, but I am not sure if it might be a little too out there…


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#1 posted 08-09-2011 07:38 AM

I vote #2. What’s the matter with “a little too out there”?

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#2 posted 08-09-2011 07:45 AM

I like #1…. Dark edges vs light tray. : ^ )

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#3 posted 08-09-2011 10:58 AM

I like the serving tray the dark one

-- Life is enjoyable especially when you borrow from people

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#4 posted 08-09-2011 02:23 PM

i think the second one is pretty slick but grimy fingers on the light colored lumber may make for a dirty serving tray.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#5 posted 08-09-2011 02:59 PM

I definitely go with the #1.
If you want flair, why not flair the sides out at a bit of an angle?
The sides look a little too bulky also, maybe thinner and shorter? This is just a breakfast try, no?

Have you asked the customer?

Nice work though, and I am sure you will do it justice.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#6 posted 08-09-2011 04:13 PM

Nice work!

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#7 posted 08-09-2011 04:39 PM

I like the first one better as well but also agree with Steve about flaring out the sides to a bit of an angle. They both look great though.

-- Matt -

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#8 posted 08-09-2011 06:04 PM

I like both of them! If I were picking one for myself I would pick the first one with the wood ends. I am a wood grain person and not a paint person. Just what I like. To each his own and that is what makes the world go round. I wouldn’t throw the white one out though.

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#9 posted 08-09-2011 09:44 PM

Thanks for the comments and opinions guys! Actually the second one isn’t painted..its supposed to be maple but you cant see the grain due to the size of the picture..the original render is much larger and you can see the grain.


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#10 posted 08-09-2011 10:25 PM

How about using dark handles on the 2nd one and using white for the sides? Same difference? That way grimy fingers are less noticeable. Both styles look great.

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#11 posted 08-09-2011 10:58 PM

I like the first one best- focuses on the cool checkerboard better. The idea of splayed sides sounds good too.

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#12 posted 08-09-2011 11:47 PM

I seem to be with the majority – Number 1 for me

-- Wood Chuck (Bruce)

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#13 posted 08-10-2011 01:06 PM

By splayed sides , you mean the four sides should “lean” out a little? My Sketchup model is a little basic..I do plan to round over the hand holds….but this splaying you speak off is catching my interest. Sounds like a compound miter joint…and the splaying will mess with my kerf jig…


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#14 posted 08-10-2011 02:16 PM

Yes David, that is what I was thinking. But who am I?
It seems like it should be a bit more dainty, by splaying the sides out and making them thinner. Lighter.

And yes, compound miter. Just tilt the blade to 45 degrees and tilt the miter guage to 10 degrees. Crosscut. Now tilt the blade to 10 degrees and rip the edges. I like the look when the splines are parallel with the bottom, so the kerf jig needs to hold the hold the sides up at a 10 degree angle, i.e. the bottom straight up. But then you have the problem with the handles…..

But problems are fun to figure out.
Just my 2 cents,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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