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Project by CM02WS6 posted 10-07-2015 01:09 PM 3732 views 22 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I made a bunch of Wood Whisperer end grain cutting boards for Christmas last year, so I wanted to try something different for the next one. This one turned out to be a bit of a challenge, as the individual piece thicknesses were established in different operations, yet still needed to combine and end up at 0.75”. I’m really happy with how it turned out though. I was very patient with aligning the glue-ups and doing them in multiple steps, which resulted in being able to sand it myself in about 1.5 hours compared to having to take it to the cabinet shop to run through the drum sander.

The woods are Walnut, Maple, and Cherry, and final dimensions are 15×13.5×1.25. I designed the pattern myself using Microsoft Excel to visualize different layouts. I started with wanted to do a basket weave, then figured I could do something more interesting since the process was going to be more complicated anyways (compared to my previous boards). My goal was to have a pattern that originated from the center, which is accomplished by making the four quadrants symmetric about the center.





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Andre

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#1 posted 10-07-2015 03:10 PM

Turned out real good!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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Kurt T. Kneller

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#2 posted 10-07-2015 03:49 PM

That’s awesome. I’ll be making a bunch for Christmas gifts this year. I have walnut, maple, cherry and some jatoba on hand now. Is there any way you could hook me up with you cutting/glue up layout. I’d love to make a few based upon your design

-- Start with ten, end with ten.......

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#3 posted 10-07-2015 07:18 PM

Cool glue up and design! Well done.

-- Bob A in NJ

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#4 posted 10-07-2015 10:45 PM



That s awesome. I ll be making a bunch for Christmas gifts this year. I have walnut, maple, cherry and some jatoba on hand now. Is there any way you could hook me up with you cutting/glue up layout. I d love to make a few based upon your design

- Kurt T. Kneller

I second that. Would love to see the procedure for that. Looks like a beautiful project

-- Schooled in the advanced art of sawdust and woodchip manufacturing.

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#5 posted 10-08-2015 12:10 AM

Nice work! This is a tricky glue-up for sure…..congrats.

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#6 posted 10-08-2015 01:21 AM

Nice board. Certainly a tricky one to build.

-- Joe - - Laughter is like a windshied wiper, it doesn't stop the rain but allows us to keep going.

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#7 posted 10-08-2015 04:05 AM

100% gorgeous!

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

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#8 posted 10-08-2015 08:22 AM

Another cool design, always love looking at new designs! A+ the pattern would be cool to see. Great work.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#9 posted 10-08-2015 11:27 AM

A real eye-catcher. Very original design. I would love to see how you accomplished this. Great job!

-- AJ, Long Island. New York

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Kurt T. Kneller

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#10 posted 10-08-2015 05:47 PM

CM02WS6,
I hope you do not mind, but I was so intrigued with the design of your cutting board and as I stated in a previous post I would like to make a few. I took the liberty to figure out how to make one and I think I have it worked out. I did modify the design for use with my 12” planer. I also made up a sketchup model of it. It can be downloaded here. Again, awesome work and I hope you don’t mind.

-- Start with ten, end with ten.......

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CM02WS6

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#11 posted 10-08-2015 06:32 PM

Thanks for the comments everyone! I didn’t expect this much feedback. Things are quite busy for me right now, but I’ll try to put together a tutorial for how to make it. In the meantime, Kurt pretty much nailed it, and I will attempt to explain some of the techniques in writing here, using Kurt’s design as an example.

Kurt, good job on reverse-engineering the design. I don’t mind at all. You got the basics of the two different panel designs, and just modified your basic dimension to 5/8” compared to the 3/4” I used. Once you make enough length of each of the panel 1 and 2 glue-ups, it is just a matter of cutting them to the final board thickness and keeping the orientations straight from there. It helped me a lot to print out my mockup and focus in on each of the panel designs so I could keep the configurations straight.

The complicated part lies in how the dimensions of each sub-strip in each panel design are established. For example, you don’t want to make a bunch of individual strips that are all 5/8” x 1-1/4”. Instead, you want to sneak up on those when planing each of the panel glue-ups and sub-strip glue-ups. This requires good alignment in the glue-ups, and also adding stock to the sub-strips that make up the panels.

For Kurt’s example, look at the bottom left square. I’ll call it a horizontal sub-strip. The raw stock, before any gluing, needs to be 5/8” thick because that dimension is present in the final board. However, I made them wider than the final width of 1-1/4” in Kurt’s design. Make two strips of 5/8” x 1-1/2” and glue those together.

Next, the square above that is a vertical sub-strip. The 1-1/4” dimension of each base strip is present in the final board, but it is hard to make two 1-1/4” strips and glue them exactly together. Instead, make those strips 1-1/2” wide and then joint/rip that substrip glue-up to 1-1/4”. Similarly, make the thickness of those 3/4”.

Then, the horizontal and vertical sub-strips are both 1-1/4” x 1-1/2”. Glue those sub-strips to form the panel design, which will end up with a panel of 1-1/2” thick. Be careful about aligning those sub-strips in the glue-up, because the next step is to take that 1-1/2” thick panel to the planer. Plane alternating sides to bring those vertical sub-strips from 3/4” thick down to 5/8” thick.

Keep in mind Kurt’s basic “pixel” dimension is 5/8” and mine is 3/4”. All my text above is based on Kurt’s design of 5/8”. If you want to make a bigger board, then modify the sub-strip components accordingly to give more stock.

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#12 posted 10-09-2015 06:03 PM

Fantastic job.

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#13 posted 10-10-2015 06:11 AM

Thanks for sharing your build plans – I think there will be a few of your boards showing up in the projects pages in the coming month.

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

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#14 posted 10-10-2015 12:40 PM

Very nicely done!! Patience and accuracy are most visible.

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