Obligatory Cutting Board Project

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Project by Mauritius posted 08-03-2009 04:00 AM 2361 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made from curly maple and curacao de negro, measures about 20” x 11.5”. First time working with curacao de negro, I was a little concerned going in because it seemed very hard and heavy and maybe a tad brittle. It actually worked quite well and has an amazing grain and color, every square in the board is very unique.

I have to agree with everyone that cutting boards are a great way to start. I made 4 or 5 before this one and gave all but one away to friends and family. A lot of good basic skills get put to the test and it’s very easy to correct most mistakes along the way. Most of my early mistakes were made at the table saw, cutting thin strips (of maple especially) proved rather difficult. A lot of burning and not a lot of consistency. I gave myself a tolerance of .002” for the 1/8” strips in this board and managed to only have to recut two of them after making a strip cutting jig similar (but not as nice) as this

I’ve decided not to put this guy under the knife, I’m a little worried about how it will hold up to repeated washings given how large and relatively thin it is and how many end-grain glue joints there are. Once I finish it with something other than mineral oil it’ll live happily in our coffee nook.

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#1 posted 08-03-2009 04:13 AM

Wow cool design well done looks great

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#2 posted 08-03-2009 04:15 AM

Cool pattern, looks like one of those optical illusions the that make you dizzy, I like the edge on the long side how the bevel shows different colors. Very nice.

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#3 posted 08-03-2009 04:36 AM

Great looking board and I like the pattern a lot

-- Ben Kahmann Dayton, OH

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#4 posted 08-03-2009 05:03 AM

Very nice design, good looking board.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#5 posted 08-03-2009 07:40 AM

Very nice board. Great design and wood choices.

Keep it up.


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

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#6 posted 08-03-2009 01:57 PM

Thanks for the reference to that jig. What kind of glue did you end up using?

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#7 posted 08-03-2009 02:00 PM

NICE work.

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#8 posted 08-03-2009 06:16 PM

Thanks all. mtkate: I use titebond III on anything that may get wet.

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#9 posted 08-03-2009 06:38 PM

You are so right – no way should a knife every touch this one!!

-- Joe

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#10 posted 08-05-2009 03:30 PM

Fantastic—-Thanks for sharing


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