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Project by PeteMoss posted 2062 days ago 1232 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.
-PeteMoss

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





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lew

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#1 posted 2062 days ago

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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PetVet

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#2 posted 2062 days ago

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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Max

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#3 posted 2062 days ago

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

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

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rickf16

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#4 posted 2062 days ago

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 2062 days ago

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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PeteMoss

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#6 posted 2061 days ago

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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rikkor

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#7 posted 2061 days ago

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

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Beginningwoodworker

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#8 posted 2060 days ago

Nice cutting board, Pete.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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