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Project by Tom Pritchard posted 01-06-2015 08:57 PM 3502 views 27 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Over the holidays I was making special gifts for my family. Now that Christmas is over and I can post. For my son I made him a cutting board in the shape of a guitar. He likes to dabble in cooking and playing his guitar. This project just fits the bill. The idea for this project was derived from “Woodriver Woodcrafts” that was on Etsy. He had these for $65.00. For me I used scrap material. Cherry, Walnut, Maple and Oak Plugs. Glued together with “Titebond III”. For the knobs look, I drilled 3/4” hole with Fostner bit and used flush tapered plugs. The design layout was made in CorelDraw. I found a picture of the guitar my son has and traced the outline to get my proportions and then made my own pattern. For the finished I used butcher block finish. I’m very pleased with the results. Next time I might make it so I did not have small pieces out on the sides, but heck I’m satisfied. On the bottom I also added some rubber feet to keep from sliding on countertop. The card you see attached is one I made in CorelDraw too. I printed out on a Avery card stock and laminated it.
The other board you see is one I made for my wife. Using the same method and material types it came out as well too. The size of the guitar shape is about 11” wide x 14” long x 3/4” thick. The other board is about 8” wide x 12” long x 3/4” thick.
Both were fun and easy to make. Later I will try an end board style.

If you are interested in making one of these I have my template and brief listing of the steps showing how I did it.
Go to this link:

-- Tom in Madison, Indiana

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Marty 529

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#1 posted 01-06-2015 09:08 PM

I love the boards. Especially the guitar. I am working on a guitar cutting board right now for my daughter and son-in-law. They love to cook and both play. I have the neck and string part all glued up. Now I have to glue up the body. I hadn’t thought about putting an angle where the neck stops. Hope you don’t mind if I borrow that idea :)
These are really nice.

-- Marty, Ohio

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#2 posted 01-06-2015 09:21 PM

Very nice looking cutting boards Tom. I also made cutting boards for our kids Christmas gifts, but not special designs like you made. I made them about 1 3/4” thick and our son said it felt more like a weapon.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#3 posted 01-06-2015 09:39 PM

Very well done! Both will be an asset to their kitchens.

-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA,

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#4 posted 01-06-2015 09:48 PM

WowZa Tom! I really like the guitar one. That’s way cool.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#5 posted 01-06-2015 10:35 PM

Both boards are really nice but I especially like the guitar. Very cool.

-- Tim Haenisch, San Diego Ca.

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Tom Pritchard

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#6 posted 01-06-2015 10:42 PM

Thanks for all the comments. And yes Marty you may borrow any of my ideas. These are fun easy, practical and impressive types of project to build. If anyone interested I will share my guitar shape pattern with with you. Just let me know.

-- Tom in Madison, Indiana

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#7 posted 01-06-2015 11:58 PM

Very nice Tom – I have to try one of theses as well!

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#8 posted 01-07-2015 02:31 PM

very cool design….. very creative

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#9 posted 01-07-2015 04:47 PM

Very well done on both of these but I really love the guitar board!

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#10 posted 01-07-2015 05:58 PM

You really did a nice job on these. They make really nice gifts.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#11 posted 01-07-2015 06:42 PM

What a great idea! Looks amazing!

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#12 posted 01-07-2015 07:16 PM

Way kwel

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#13 posted 01-08-2015 12:43 AM

Like the guitar board a lot.

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Tom Pritchard

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#14 posted 01-08-2015 01:59 AM

I have been very surprised with all the great comments about Guitar shaped cutting board. Several have asked for the pattern I made.

If you are interested to download my shape in a PDF format you may visit this link:

On page 3 of the plans I list a brief method I used to make it. Please excuse me if you can’t understand what I have listed. If you should have any questions please let me know.

-- Tom in Madison, Indiana

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#15 posted 01-08-2015 03:48 AM

Well done! Both look excellent.

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