Cutting Board

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Project by Paul posted 09-08-2015 11:13 PM 1180 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A day of vacation produced a cutting board from scraps in the shop. This is an end grain cutting board with a mix of maple, walnut, and cherry. I tried a new technique of getting curved pieces in the board. I think it would have looked better on an all maple board. The curves are padauk and maple.

I used a rabbit bit to cut the groove from a pattern on the board. Then, cut down the center of the groove with a bandsaw. Then, using a flush trim bit, smoothed it out. Then, using strips of the padauk and maple, I glued it all up.

A few coats of mineral oil, and it’s ready to use!

-- Paul, Iowa

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#1 posted 09-09-2015 05:02 AM

I think it looks good. All solid maple would look cool – but the way you did this gives a very subtle yet elegant look to scraps. Doing techniques like this on boards you normally would not do spices things up a bit.

Thanks for sharing.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#2 posted 09-09-2015 02:59 PM

Nice job. Looks like Scotty Lewis’ cutting board.

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#3 posted 09-09-2015 03:42 PM

So, you’d say this is an edge grain board, not an end grain board, right? End grain board would be where the surface of the board is presenting the end grain.
I think a key aspect of what you’re shooting for is that the intersecting lines don’t jag in an offset where they cross. For that to be achieved the stack you laminate into the cut needs to be the same width as the stripe of material you remove with the router bit. I’m thinking the 5 stack stripe was wider than your bit, which made the 3 stack stripe take a slight jag where they crossed. It’s not off by much, might just be camera angle or something. Meant as a helpful comment, not as criticism, you understand.

-edit Thanks for the follow-up Paul. Really nice board. Hope to try it myself someday.

-- Bob Anderton - Austin, TX - Nova 3000 lathe, Alaskan Mark III mill, Husqavarna Saw

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#4 posted 09-09-2015 04:10 PM

You are correct on the cut needs to be the same width. However it was the 3 stripe that was off a bit. The 5 was very close. I did the 3 stripe first, and learned that right away as I was gluing it up.

Also, yes, should have said edge grain.

And yes, I did see the Scotty Lewis board. I loved it, and wanted to try it myself.

-- Paul, Iowa

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