End grain oval of circles cutting board

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Project by John Olsen posted 10-10-2014 03:06 AM 3554 views 20 times favorited 36 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This was a long-term project. Here’s how I made it.

1. Use lathe to make round stuff.
2. Cut into 2 inch slabs.
3. Glue in a mostly-symmetrical pattern.
4. Drill holes symmetrically where there were gaps and fill them with more round stuff from the lathe.
5. Repeat 1 through 4. A lot.
6. Flatten it.
7. Use two pins and a string loop to mark out an oval.
8. Cut the oval with the bandsaw.
9. Sand the edge at the disk sander.
10. Use router to round the edges.

Several months later (lots of drying time, and weeks of ignoring it) I have a cutting board with oak, maple, apple, cherry, mahogany, purple heart, honey locust, and one or two types of wood I couldn’t identify.

This is NOT the sort of project to take on if you expect to sell it at a craft show and make more than a few cents an hour. :) It sure did use up a lot of small scraps though.

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#1 posted 10-10-2014 04:16 AM

Verry interesting technik. The pattern is outstanding!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 10-10-2014 04:27 AM

That’s a great piece and sure is an out of the box concept. I can’t imagine how much time you spent filling holes with rounds, good work.

-- Tom D

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#3 posted 10-10-2014 04:30 AM

Good job mate. this is the type of projects only us the amateurs can afford ;)
Nice result.

-- Dave -

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#4 posted 10-10-2014 05:42 AM

Definitely looks like a profit killer for production shops ;-) Nice work.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 10-10-2014 06:34 AM

If you put a couple af little slices of sausage on it you can,t find them ;).

Looks great, very nice. I also like the idea.


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#6 posted 10-10-2014 06:55 AM

Great job and dedication, Congratulations.
Definitely an outside the box project, I love it.
Thanks for sharing.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#7 posted 10-10-2014 07:37 AM

Your a wild one!

-- Ain't better or worse than any other woodpecker in the woods.

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#8 posted 10-10-2014 08:12 AM

I bet your still seeing circles! Beautiful woodworking, congrats on a unique concept.

-- David, Norwood Mass,

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#9 posted 10-10-2014 10:52 AM

Great idea! Thanks for the build info.

-- AJ

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Dan'um Style

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#10 posted 10-10-2014 11:26 AM

another one of my favorites. very unique and a beauty

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

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Tom Stanley

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#11 posted 10-10-2014 11:46 AM

That is just plain cool, NICE project.

-- Relationship Tip for men: When a woman says, "Correct me if I'm wrong but...."Don't do it!! It's a trap!! DO NOT, I repeat, do not correct that woman!!!

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#12 posted 10-10-2014 11:59 AM

Great idea. Thanks


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#13 posted 10-10-2014 12:16 PM

How do you get a tree to grow like that! That would save some time in the process!!!

This is for sure a top 3!!!

-- (the only thing in there she says is....tap on head..........tap..........tap..... saw dust) - James

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#14 posted 10-10-2014 12:25 PM

Nice work, John.

What glue did you use for the glue-ups? Did your initial glue-up hold together well? Circles don’t have much contact area.

Have a great day.


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#15 posted 10-10-2014 01:24 PM

Great idea and great work! Came out awesome.

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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