Greetings & Salutations,
I just got the news a little while back that my youngest nephew is getting married
this December. I am looking forward to that as it will be a good excuse to go to
Florida for some good times with some of the family.
I wanted to come up with a different kind of gift but also wanted something that
I would not have to carry in my pickup. Being kind of practical since the P/U gets
18 mpg and my Prius gets 51 mpg that would take a big dent out of the travel budget.
I did a bunch of research and knowing that my nephew and his new bride both like
to cook I decided on the logical choice of an end grain cutting board.
I also wanted it to be something very different that maybe you would not see just
While searching around I found one of our fellow LJ had done a really unique board
here and after reading over and studying
I thought I could adapt this technique to making a monogramed board.
I made my pattern on graph paper then scoured the shop for what wood I had on hand.
After some quick calculations I figured with the oak, cherry and walnut I had I would have
just enough to get the job done.
So after cutting all to the length I wanted then running through the jointer and planer
it was time to start cutting strips to make the board. I discovered that to make this
board the way I wanted and have it be proportional and a decent size I would need
This pic shows the pieces just rough stacked but you can see the 3 letters
-- Gene Miller - it only took me 3 days 9 hours and 28 minutes to get that top flat!