Old Growth Cypress & Walnut cutting board

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Project by woodchips posted 10-06-2008 09:18 PM 9957 views 5 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well I know there are a glut of cutting boards on here but…here’s another one. They are great fun to make and since they’re so practical they make good gifts too. In fact this one is going to my sis-in-law for Christmas. I’m not 100% sure on the wood species of the lighter wood but a local woodshop told me they think it to be old growth cypress. It is very light weight but also very tight grain, as you can see. I made one for my wife out of this and so far so good, it washes well and seems to be a great cutting board.

Unfortunately these two boards are the only ones I’ll be making out of this specific wood because it was reclaimed from a very old desk/table(?) top and I only got enough wood to do these two boards. In the future I’ll be taking greater pains to get everything more lined up. The next endgrain boards will not have offset squares but rather all the lines will match. Oh well…live, build and learn.

It was very hard to get this thing level and in fact it’s not perfectly level as all I have is a belt sander and ROS. However, in another post I saw mention of a router sled for planing surfaces level and I’m definitely going to be giving that a shot on the next boards. They make great Christmas gifts, very popular.

-- "Repetition is a leading cause of carelessness, and carelessness usually leads to injury"

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#1 posted 10-06-2008 09:57 PM

Very nice board

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#2 posted 10-06-2008 10:32 PM

If you call the mis-matched squares art, they look kinda cool. It gives a neat look to the board.

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#3 posted 10-06-2008 10:58 PM

Looks great. I love the design with the contrasting woods. Very well done.

-- christopheralan

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#4 posted 10-07-2008 12:32 AM

I love the way you matched the end grain into squares

-- Fred, Springfield, Ma

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#5 posted 10-07-2008 02:44 AM

Nice contrasting wood and the design is just as good. Good job

-- Bob K. East Northport, NY

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#6 posted 10-07-2008 03:39 AM

Looks great, I thought the offset pieces were a design choice, until your confession!

-- "Skol, Vikings"

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#7 posted 10-07-2008 04:04 AM

Very nice board!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#8 posted 10-07-2008 04:25 PM

Sweet looking. If I were you, I would keep the offset, it is different from any of the others. Makes a nice statement along with the contrasting woods.

Thanks for posting

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#9 posted 10-07-2008 06:50 PM

Wow, this thing is so cool! I really like the randomness of the lines. It creates sort of an optical illusion. That Cypress is beautiful.

-- Happy woodworking!

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#10 posted 10-08-2008 12:58 PM

A beautiful creation.

You could apply wooden buttons on the bottom, to eliminate the wobble.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#11 posted 10-08-2008 01:46 PM

There is never too many cutting board projects. Outstanding wood grain/pattern. Great work!

-- Have you hugged your tools today?

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John Gray

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#12 posted 10-08-2008 06:05 PM

Great job I saved your pictures in my cutting board file.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#13 posted 10-08-2008 08:25 PM

the only reason I put the offset there in the first place is because I was thinking if might add some strength to the board joints. I’m going to keep experimenting with this style and see where it takes me.

I really do appreciate all ya’lls input and especially the compliments, of course.

Dick, thanks for the suggestion about wooden buttons. I might just do that, although originally I wanted both sides of the board to be used, but I guess you can’t always get what you want.

-- "Repetition is a leading cause of carelessness, and carelessness usually leads to injury"

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#14 posted 10-08-2008 09:10 PM

far too nice to use this is a posh piece to show of when the Donald trump’s family come to must have some old pallet scraps to actually cut on ha ha seriously my widfe loves this and so do I

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#15 posted 10-17-2008 01:55 AM

This is a real beautiful board and before reading your story , I thought that the lines were intentional as well . I would be proud to admit that I made this board !!!! : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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