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Project by JimRochester posted 12-13-2014 07:54 PM 930 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few others had already made this project out of the Woodsmith magazine. Since I was making 13 of them for Christmas presents I contacted Henry Mowry who already made these to get his advice. I made a few changes, since I was making so many, I opted to invest in a 2” round nose router bit instead of coving on the table saw. Greatly reduces sanding which is a real time saver. I also decided to make a variety of boards which was a mistake. The magazine suggested an end grain maple board. I made 2 of those and they are the least attractive looking. I like Henry’s version with a flat piece of walnut with walnut dowels the best. Should have made everyone of them with walnut, its cheaper, easier and faster that way. I did make a few spalted maple slabs and a couple flat grain maple and padauk and maple and walnut boards which are interesting. If you make these just go with the plain Walnut and save yourself some trouble. These will cover all the ladies in the family plus a couple left over for next year’s craft shows. If I sell the 2 extra it will more than pay for the router bit.

-- Schooled in the advanced art of sawdust and woodchip manufacturing.





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NormG

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#1 posted 12-14-2014 12:31 AM

Wonderful project, I am sure the recipients will gladly show them and use them often

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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Mr M's Woodshop

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#2 posted 12-14-2014 02:35 AM

Bravo, Jim! Very well done. I wish I would have thought of the router bit first; that’s a great time saver.

How did you like cutting the cutting board inserts to fit into the frame? Do you think the cutting board should be a separate piece after making them?

I like your maple/walnut cutting board the best, better than the plain walnut. But as we all know … your mileage may vary!

-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA, http://www.MowryJournal.com

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JimRochester

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#3 posted 12-14-2014 03:53 AM



Bravo, Jim! Very well done. I wish I would have thought of the router bit first; that s a great time saver.

How did you like cutting the cutting board inserts to fit into the frame? Do you think the cutting board should be a separate piece after making them?

I like your maple/walnut cutting board the best, better than the plain walnut. But as we all know … your mileage may vary!

- Mr M s Woodshop

I didn’t worry about cutting the angles. I just sized them with a dado blade. Doesn’t need a seperate cutting board but I didn’t bother permanently attaching them. the bit was $60 but saved me hours of sanding and setting up the table saw.

-- Schooled in the advanced art of sawdust and woodchip manufacturing.

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