Cutting Boards for Christmas

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Project by PeteMoss posted 12-01-2008 11:31 PM 1687 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well…my first project post. Here we go.

I decided to make a cutting board as a Christmas present for my step-mom. It is one of the ones in the picture with three of them. I have a version just like it, only bigger, that I made my wife a couple years ago. it has been nice to use, but really too big. I personally always wanted to have a small one just to dice onions or what have you. So, I made her’s in the same design (end grain of hard maple and two cherry strips) only smaller. It turned out pretty well and I had some left over materials, so I thought why not make one for my mother-in-law and sister too. So, now I have three that are virtually identical except for slight differences in dimensions (I didn’t really try to hit a certain dimension, just use what material I had).

Then, as the bug was biting and I started seeing other folks cutting boards on this site, I decided to try my hand at an end grain board with an alternating pattern. So, after much scratching my head over design for a while I started cutting parts for board you see by itself in the picture. This turned out okay in the end, but was fiasco after fiasco in construction. I made curved cuts on my cheap’o tablesaw, couldn’t glue the edges due to the curves and had to rip the edges off 1/2 inch. I busted out about half of the end strip and had to cut it off. One thing after another. Like I say, it turned out fine, but I learned lots of lessons on this one. It may be my last. This one is hard maple and some manner of oak (I think). I actually have a pile of redwood and picked a piece out of it. Turns out it was in the wrong pile. I should pay closer attention.

Thanks everyone. I have really enjoyed this site and learned a lot already.

-- "Never measure......cut as many times as necessary." - PeteMoss

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#1 posted 12-01-2008 11:39 PM

Beautiful Boards!

Know what you mean about the end grain boards. Everyone here makes them look so easy. NOT!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 12-01-2008 11:41 PM

Nicely done Pete. I am sure they will be well received. I feel your pain when making the cutting boards. I have had my own share of woes with them. Still, it is a good exercise in being precise and paying attention to detail. Keep up the good work and thanks for posting.

-- Rich in Richmond -- Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

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#3 posted 12-02-2008 12:46 AM

They all turned out very nice. I am sure that all will like them…

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#4 posted 12-02-2008 01:20 AM

Nice boards Pete. End grain boards can be tricky. I glue on an sacrificial strip when I run them through my planer. Very shallow passes and the ends still blow off. That’s when the extra strip comes in handy, simply cut it off at the table saw.

-- Rick

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#5 posted 12-02-2008 07:39 AM

You’ve done a great job on all of them : )

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

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#6 posted 12-02-2008 03:30 PM

Thanks everyone!

I’m sure the gift recipients will like them, after all it’s the thought that counts…right? Truthfully though, I’m sure each of us are our own worst critics and I appreciate your kind words.

Rick: That is exactly what happend to the final strip. I ran this through my planer to flatten it, taking only about 1/128 to 1/64 per pass. Normally (and on the first three cutting boards) I cut a little chamfer on the trailing edge. This gives it enough meat to keep from blowing out under the planer knives. On this last one though I totally forgot, ran it through, and it self-destructed.

I guess one positive is that by having to cut off that one strip it helped to even out the overall dimensions since I had to cut about an inch off in width too. Hehe…take the good with the bad.

-- "Never measure......cut as many times as necessary." - PeteMoss

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#7 posted 12-02-2008 04:02 PM

Great looking boards that I am sure will be well received as gifts.

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#8 posted 12-03-2008 11:34 PM

Nice cutting board, Pete.

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