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Project by darryl posted 09-02-2006 05:16 AM 2591 views 4 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In the most recent edition of Wood Magazine, there was an article on making cuttingboards. I have several times thought that a cuttingboard could be a fun little project to do, so I figured I’d give it a whirl.

I had some walnut pieces laying around that I had intended to build a laptop writing desk with (which didn’t get very far) and some red leaf soft maple that I’d picked up when I got the oak for my daughter Violet’s dresser. Seemed like I’d found my contrasting woods to work with. The whole project came together rather easily as I had expected.

The following morning, before heading off to work, I ran into the basement to show off the rough version of my newest accomplishment to my wife. Here’s the conversation and where my biggest mistake took place:

wife: “That’s nice, who are you giving that to?”
me: “I don’t know yet.”
wife: “Excuse me?”
me: “Oh, I mean this is for you!”
wife: “What is wrong with you?!?”

I couldn’t help but laugh. My only excuse is that I hadn’t had my first cup of coffee yet!

anyway… here are the newest pictures. I did my final sanding tonight and applied a coat of BLO. The board measures 11” x 15” x 1.5”.

Thanks for looking!





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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#1 posted 09-04-2006 03:22 PM

Very nice, a real nice contrast of woods. Has your wife tried cutting anything on it yet ?
Or will you let her ? It would be a shame to make a mark on it.

Use it as a wall hanging.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#2 posted 10-21-2006 02:34 AM

I used this wood combination to do a checkerboard that is almost finished. As soon as I finish the trim, I’ll post it.

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Obi

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#3 posted 01-25-2007 05:55 AM

appearently i still havent finished the checkerboard. it’s been trimmed out, but it still needs to be finished, and Im getting rather busy. I do , however, love the maple/walnut contrast. Not as fancy as some people, but I.B. Po’Folk.

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#4 posted 01-25-2007 08:18 AM

A breadboard was one of the first project that I made. Like you I showed it to a few people and ended up making about 20 of them.

Have you seen the one featured on a recent episode of the WoodWhiperer? I’m definitely going to try that one.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/

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#5 posted 01-25-2007 01:35 PM

inspiring.
I , too , am now going to add one to my list of projects to do

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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darryl

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#6 posted 02-02-2007 05:46 AM

I have seen The Wood Whisperer’s episodes on the cutting boards, but it was after I had already done most of mine.
I had seen an article in Wood magazine that had covered the same process, but I didn’t want to go through the hassle of the two step gluing process (ok, I’m lazy…) so I decided instead to make my boards with the edge grain as the cutting surface.

These are a fun project that can in fact be completed in a weekend (even by me!).

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Karson

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#7 posted 02-02-2007 05:56 AM

I made a cutting board for my son (The Chef) that was a piece of Birds Eye Maple 20” wide by 24” long and 1 1/8” thick.

The cutting boards that chef use have a board going up at the back and down on the front. This is so you push it up to a counter or table edge and hold it there with your body and the back is like a back splash so that what you cut doesn’t fall off. So you cut and flip to the back. Cut and flip. It doesn’t move around because you’ve got it held to the front of the counter.

I had to fix three or four for the restaurant that he worked at because they used laminated maple but they run them through the dishwasher so the glue doesn’t hold up too good.

I told him to only cut on one side and leave the other side as a presentation side. I don’t know if he followed my directions.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#8 posted 02-02-2007 01:37 PM

that’s interesting Karson. Hmmm got my brain working now. With my bread-making the flour keeps going onto the floor and making it slippery. Maybe if I flipped your idea around, the lip would keep the flower on the counter and, by leaning onto it, it would remain still while I did all that rigorous kneading. Hmm indeed…

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#9 posted 02-02-2007 06:25 PM

You might have to put a T moulding on the front. One to catch the flour and the other edge to press up against the counter edge. You would be only be able to put a flat edge on the back otherwise you wouldn’t keep the cutting board flat. But, I figured you already knew that. I just wanted to keep you honest so that we are on the same wave length.

Now if you wanted to be fancy use a router letter set and an inlay kit and spell out “Bread Board” in a contrasting wood and inlay it into your base wood. Or make your own letter pattern on your computer. glue it unto 1/4” plywood and cut it out to use as the pattern.
This inlay would be like the Butterfly inlay they use across cracks in wood to keep them from splitting further, and they are decorative.

Carving would not be too sanitary.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#10 posted 02-02-2007 07:11 PM

ah yah.. sure I knew that…. {{and then you say “keep you honest”}} .. ok honestly?? I didn’t know that!

and I didn’t know about the cracking either!!

the more I think about this, the more I like it. I have a pastry board that my Mom had made for me when I was very young, but it always skits across the table and the flour goes everywhere. But, perhaps I could use the “antique” board and add the other pieces to it some how.. Yup this is definitely on my list!! Thank you ; thank you

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Karson

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#11 posted 02-02-2007 09:15 PM

Make sure that you add enough contrasting wood to the edges so that it doesn’t look like you were patching and didn’t quite get a match; to an enhancement that excentuaites the project.

But then again that just my suggestion!

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Karson

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#12 posted 02-02-2007 09:19 PM

Debbie: Jump to this site the fourth picture over has a picture of butterfly to act as a means to keep the wood from splitting.

Let me know when you make a table like this one!!!

And NO! I don’t have any wood like this in my supply.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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MsDebbieP

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#13 posted 02-02-2007 11:45 PM

they are like bandaids!!!

I think we have a new LJ member who could cut us a piece of wood like this :) :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#14 posted 02-03-2007 01:20 AM

Debbie, a wet towel under the board will keep your board from moving around – as will a couple of the rubber grippy things you use to open jars.

I like this board Darryl, as well as the one the wood whisperer put together – the one with the differing widths to the boards, but if I were to make one, I’d use end grain for the cutting surface, it’ll stand up to much more abuse. I’m going to have to buy or make one sooner or later, as my current one – about 5 years old, (and I don’t put it through the dishwasher) has feet on the corners and began sagging in the middle – a handy feature for collecting liquids from veggies and keeping it off the floor, but alas, I see a split is starting to form. Held up well otherwise….

The next question is what to make out of the wood (being dished and all) after it does finally give up? Should I turn it over and give it 5 years to re-flatten then glue it up or ???

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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#15 posted 11-13-2007 04:47 AM

good looking cutting board. would make a great christmas gift

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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