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Project by BanjoBen posted 12-21-2015 12:02 AM 1961 views 15 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is another cutting board I made recently. This one is made with African padauk and hard maple. It’s my first successful attempt at doing these curved laminations in a board like this. I did one prior to this that turned out rather poorly, so I kept it to myself. I tweaked my setup before trying again, and this is the result.

The pattern has some mathematical significance actually. For those that are curious, check out:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Braid_group

and

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVyh0a1grlw





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#1 posted 12-21-2015 12:31 AM

Very nice. I love the braids. Was the wood thin enough that you could bend it or did you have to use steam?

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#2 posted 12-21-2015 12:33 AM

No steam. I cut the strips about 1/8 inch thick. I read an article on bending wood the “wright way” that said if your bend radius is between 4 and 8 inches, you can bend 1/8 inch thick strips with just clamping pressure. All of the bends in this piece have a radius a little over 6 inches.

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#3 posted 12-21-2015 12:35 AM

Thanks, I have always used steam. I will give bent lamination without steam a try.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#4 posted 12-21-2015 12:36 AM

This was the article, if you’re interested. It gives a lot more detail.

http://www.popularwoodworking.com/techniques/bending_wood_the_wright_way

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#5 posted 12-21-2015 01:12 AM

with all the cutting boards posted on this site I rarely comment but yours is worthy good job my friend.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#6 posted 12-21-2015 03:24 AM

Thanks! I know a cutting board isn’t the most exciting project, but they’ve been my first foray into working with various types of domestic and exotic hardwoods. Before this I’ve done things in pine, and a little oak, and that’s about it. So, I’ve been playing around with them, and looking for ways to jazz them up.

I’ve been tossing around the idea of working this braid design into the top of a coffee table. I’m not sure when I’ll get around to it, but I’m keeping it in mind for the future.

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#7 posted 12-21-2015 04:54 AM

I understand the meaning of the Braids in this piece, you have done a wonderful job on this project. Outside of it being a cutting board, it would also be a very nice conversation piece on a table

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#8 posted 12-21-2015 07:44 AM

have no clue how you did that, but it’s quite stunning

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#9 posted 12-21-2015 10:04 AM

Those colour and stripes are magnificant. Very elegant board.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 12-21-2015 01:26 PM

That is absolutely stunning. Well done.

Bob.

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#11 posted 12-21-2015 01:56 PM

Beautiful…..can you give the dimensions? I’m interested in thickness also

-- Tim Harrelson

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#12 posted 12-21-2015 02:14 PM

The dimensions are 14 7/8” x 9 5/8” x 1 1/4”

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#13 posted 12-21-2015 03:56 PM

Wow, it is stunning! I think that cutting board will get more conversations than cutting.

-- "Beef"

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#15 posted 12-21-2015 08:23 PM

How thick did the original cutting board start out?

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