A Bunch of Cutting Boards

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I have been wanting to make a bunch of cutting boards for some friends and family, and I also wanted to experiment with a few techniques I hadn’t tried out yet, like the zig zag pattern and an end grain board! So I went down to my local hardwood dealer and bought some 8/4 maple, 8/4 walnut, 8/4 cherry and 4/4 purple heart. Total was about $120 worth of materials.

This first board was going to be a wedding present for some friends. I wanted to try out the zig zag technique and I like how it turned out.

This board is pretty big 17×23 1 1/2” thick, glued up with Titebond 3 finished with mineral oil. I learned allot trying this technique and I will do a few things differant next time I make one of these

The next couple boards were basic side grain boards with different combinations of maple, walnut, cherry, and purpleheart stripes.

Also finished with mineral oil and on these I started doing something a little differant..I used some screw on rubber bumpers for feet and it works really well to keep the boards in place when using them and it gives them a real finished feel. The top one was 1 1/2” thick the bottom with the purpleheart is 1 1/4”.

And here is my end grain try. I wamted to try and do a chess board pattern and I really like the way these came out. I originally was going to glue it up as one board but changed my mind and went with 2- 9×9 square smaller, cheese board style..1 1/2” thick end grain..

I cut the outside layer in half on purpose to try and frame the board. Again these are finished in mineral oil and have rubber feet. So far everyone that has seen these wants one. I am keeping one for my kitchen…the other one I’m not keeping was sold before it was out of the clamps, and I have two orders for full size 12×16” versions.

So, not too giant, and four normal size cutting boards from 120 bucks worth of lumber.


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#1 posted 05-14-2009 04:54 AM

Nice looking bunch of boards. I especially like the checkerboards ones also.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 05-14-2009 04:55 AM

David, they look great…it looks like you’ve been having a lot of fun here.

Thanks for posting them.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#3 posted 05-14-2009 04:56 AM

wow , nice work

I like checker one allot … especially the border of half-tiles.

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

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#4 posted 05-14-2009 04:58 AM

Nice! I like that zig-zag one! I’ve been meaning to make some end grain ones too, bought the wood already, haven’t bought the time yet. But I’m glad I saw the zig-zag one before I started…

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#5 posted 05-14-2009 05:37 AM

Really great looking boards, and the feet will help in keeping moisture off the bottom and bacteria forming.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#6 posted 05-14-2009 06:04 AM

great group of wonderful boards

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#7 posted 05-14-2009 07:32 AM

Lots of beautifull boards!

Realy like the way the half squares outline the checkerboard ones.

Great job!

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#8 posted 05-14-2009 12:23 PM

Beautiful boards. They make such nice gifts and everyone feels like they got something personal from you.
I LOVE the purpleheart stripe!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#9 posted 05-14-2009 01:11 PM

Great looking cutting boards, I must give that a try

-- Wood Chuck (Bruce)

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#10 posted 05-14-2009 01:46 PM

Nice cutting boards. Would you share your process for the clamp up on the zig zag pattern board?

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#11 posted 05-14-2009 02:15 PM

But you can’t play chess on the cheese board. Nice work, though. I like the zig zag design on the first.

-- Whatever

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#12 posted 05-14-2009 02:20 PM

the boards look real good

-- Joe, Ga

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#13 posted 05-14-2009 02:58 PM

Great Looking Boards!!!

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

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#14 posted 05-14-2009 03:49 PM

Boy that Pruple Heart really pops out. Nice job they look great.

-- Don't tell her I'm in the shop!

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#15 posted 05-14-2009 07:31 PM

Thanks for all the nice comments everyone..

@ boardsmith..Yes you are correct.. some of the exotics can be toxic, but you have to eat probably half the cutting board for it to have an effect on you.

@NorthGaMan..actually another lumberjock posted a blog on how to do it thats were I got the can find it here

I mentioned I learned a few things making that is make sure you get clamps as close to the outside edges as you can..I had to cut mine back farther than I wanted too due to gaps in the glue up. Also you have to make sure your table saw is set up perfectly when you start to cut the strips, because your flipping every other one over and if your off..even by a tiny bit you are going to have gaps. I ended up closing up any minor gaps with clamping pressure, but I think the next time I do one of these i will rip the pieces oversize on the first go round and then make small cleanup cuts on the edges, keeping the front face up and turning it end to end to maintain the same blade orientation.


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