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Blog entry by Sinister posted 1569 days ago 10637 reads 158 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently uploaded pictures of a cutting board (http://lumberjocks.com/projects/30543) and several fellow LJs asked me to show how it was put together. Subsequently, Patron quickly deduced the process and wrote a nice blog showing the step by step process for how to achieve the pattern. I encourage anyone who is interested to take a look because he has some nice pictures outlining the process. http://lumberjocks.com/patron/blog/15074. I thought I would add a short amendment to his blog describing how I built my specific pattern.

Importantly, the dimensions I have listed are the approximate final dimensions. The pre-glue up dimensions were typically 1/8” oversize so that I had some extra wood for scraping, planing, and resquaring after each step. Also, I list a 4’ length. I chose that length because it was easy to handle, but you’ll need about 8’ to make a full size cutting board. SO DOUBLE IT. The final dimensions are not critical. The most important part is that it is perfectly square. The size of the notch is also not critical, it just needs to be perfectly square.

Assembly process

Slice it up like a loaf of french bread.

french bread

This is what a block looks like.

block

Here is a picture of my gluing jig.

gluing jig

This is about what it looks like after gluing. I used titebond III. Make sure you have plenty of glue, have everything set up the way you like it off to the side of jig, and move quickly. I got my wife to help for the second one.

before squaring

Square it up one last time, round over the edges, a little sanding, and it’s all done. I finished mine with 2 coats of Watco Butcher Block oil.

after squaring

-- Patrick, Iowa City



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Ampeater

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#1 posted 1569 days ago

Very nice. Thanks for posting.

-- "A goal without a plan is a wish."

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#2 posted 1569 days ago

Nice blog.
Details are nice.

Thanks for posting.

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#3 posted 1569 days ago

awesome!

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#4 posted 1569 days ago

Great! Very exciting potential here.

-- There's many a slip betwixt a cup and a lip.--Scott

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Chase

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#5 posted 1569 days ago

that is a really clever design, I am going to have to keep something like that in the back of my head. good work, thanks!

-- Every neighborhood has an eccentric neighbor. I wondered for years "who was ours?" Then I realized it was me.

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#6 posted 1569 days ago

Thanks for the detailed post. It made it so much easier to understand.

-- Ralph New Hampshire, www.realcomtel.com

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#7 posted 1569 days ago

You my friend have just been elected to the Board Rm….LOL , a very sweet design Sinister Hand…BC

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ellen35

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#8 posted 1569 days ago

Excellent tutorial!
I think I can do it! Thank you so much!
Ellen

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#9 posted 1569 days ago

I didn’t get this one, very cunning! Thanks for the blog. Mind if I ‘borrow’ the design for a box top. Immitaion is the sincerest form of flattery.

Martyn

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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BritBoxmaker

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#10 posted 1569 days ago

You’ll get a credit of course. And no I wouldn’t sell it.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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Sinister

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#11 posted 1569 days ago

Martyn: If I didn’t want anyone to imitate it, I wouldn’t have posted the how to :)
I would be thrilled to see pictures of your box when it’s done.

-- Patrick, Iowa City

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BritBoxmaker

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#12 posted 1569 days ago

Yes of course, silly me. Wasn’t thinking. Its going to be interesting as I’m going to need to scale it down, probably 1 in 3. Cutting walnut to 1mm thick is going to be interesting.

Martyn

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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Sinister

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#13 posted 1569 days ago

Getting it to a consistent 1mm along the entire length could be tough. This is a project where a drum sander would be handy. If you have one, I think that would really help. My planer has a bit of snipe that I can’t get rid of, so the last few inches of my glue ups were unusable.

-- Patrick, Iowa City

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#14 posted 1569 days ago

Thank you Patrick.

-- When you know better you do better.

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#15 posted 1569 days ago

nice job

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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