It was a long week but finally had a few hours to jump into the shop and work on the knife block / cutting board. After trying to think of the best way to secure the cutting board to the knife block box I ended up going with some oak cove molding. It has enough stability to hold the cutting board in place and it also opens up the base of the box for more storage. The molding is positioned such that the cutting board will be half above and half below the top edge of the box.
I really liked the idea of adding a groove in the cutting board so it could be used for steak/turkey/etc (thanks Shanem!). It just so happened that I had enough stock for a second much thicker top that would double as a serving tray. The width and height were cut such that it would still fit into the base but it will probably be stored separately and not used on a daily basis. One side has a juice groove routed using a round nose bit while the other was left flat. I used the same bit to cut out recessed handles on either side of the board. This cutting board is about twice as thick as the other top and uses the same end grain pattern.
Just for kicks I grabbed the first end grain cutting board I ever did (Woodcraft kit) which had been sitting around unfinished and took the time to finish sanding and throw on a coat of oil. Here’s a quick snap of the three together.
I’m liking the way this is coming together so far. The more I look at it the less I like the base however. At this point I’m considering re-doing it with maple/cherry so that if flows a little better with the tops. Maybe I’ll create the base using maple and cut in a logo or something using cherry. The verdict isn’t out yet. If anyone has a suggestion I’m all ears.