Three Cutting Boards

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Project by DuaneEDMD posted 09-10-2009 07:25 PM 3526 views 10 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my attempt/version of one of Lazy Larry’s designs. They are end grain maple and walnut with thin strips of cherry. Finish is a thinned food safe varnish. Very fun to make and very easy after I reviewed Larry’s blog to refresh my memory. The wooven board is my first attempt at this style and man… there a lot of work involved in this style of board. The woods here are maple with purpleheart and walnut. Hope I did Larry proud and thnaks for the inspiration my friend.

-- --It's not how long you live, but how you live that makes it a life.--

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#1 posted 09-10-2009 08:13 PM

Great job. I’ve been wanting to make a few more of the woven boards also but the thought of the work is ehhh… I am going to attempt the end grain design though. Yours came out great! your attention to the grain direction really puts them over the top. Plus any time you can get two boards as a result it’s a bonus. One beer for you, one for our Chairman!

-- There's many a slip betwixt a cup and a lip.--Scott

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#2 posted 09-10-2009 08:40 PM

Very nice the end grain looks great!

-- Woodisit

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#3 posted 09-10-2009 08:50 PM

They turned out great!

-- James -

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#4 posted 09-10-2009 09:19 PM

Nice work Duane!

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#5 posted 09-10-2009 09:21 PM

I love the curved ones especially.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 09-10-2009 09:38 PM

Great job… that Larry, he makes us all work harder… just to keep up!

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

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#7 posted 09-10-2009 10:19 PM

Welcome to the club my good friend I am truly glad you could join us.
When I saw the pics I thought someone had just re-posted my pics … very well done.
Grain selection and orientation on the two for one is exemplary. One small Glue Slip I can see but that happens.
You have taken my design and improved on it. I like the small rebate routed out for the handle.
Keep going.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#8 posted 09-11-2009 06:27 AM

Oh sooo nice ! My personal favorite is the woven one , but I’d gladly accept any of them as a gift : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#9 posted 09-11-2009 08:38 AM

Nice boards! Isn’t that end grain maple fun to sand? LOL

-- There is nothing in the world more dangerous, than a woodworker who knows how to read a micrometer...

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#10 posted 09-11-2009 10:12 AM

All these wonderful Larry inspired cutting boards are making the world’s homes a better place. Good work Duane.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 09-12-2009 09:26 AM

Hi Duane, As a novice I hope it’s ok to ask some basic questions about the cutting boards with the thin cherry strip. I’d like to try this myself. Do I start with 2 edge-glued boards, 1 of maple and one of walnut? Cut the wedges, swap the wedges and re-glue with the cherry strips? I see a glue joint down through the middle, is that a must? I thought it might be easier for a first attempt to have single strips ? The edges visible on board surface seem very wide. Does this mean you started with boards that thick? Must they be that thick? Since this is not edge glue-up but surface gluing is there something I should be aware of? Special glue ? I also have purple heart wood that I’d like to use instead of the walnut. Is that ok ? Thanks in advance for any guidance.

-- Ken in GK Germany

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#12 posted 09-12-2009 05:55 PM

Thank you for all the kind reviews. Hey Ken, I suggest you go a great blog entry by degoose on how to make these boards. He takes you through the process step-by-step with photos. He is my quick and dirty instructions. I had to edge-glue up two or more stock boards to get one light and one dark “board” that was 12”x30”x1.5” (size is up to you). The glue line in the middle is just one of those glue joints. My jointer is a tiny 6” jointer so that is why I glue up a bunch of boards. If you have a big wide jointer or can otherwise flatten wide boards easily, you can certainly use one board that is 12”x30”x1.5” and not have to glue up to get your blank.

Then you have to cut these blank and rotate the cuts to expose the end-grain and re-glue the whole thing back together to get your end-grain blank. When you cut the edge-glued blank to expose the end-grain, the width of your cut becomes the height of your new end-grain board (I use 1 1/4”) and the old thinkness of your your edge-glued board is the new width of your end-grain cuts. Draw it out and it makes more sense but understanding this is important to getting your blank long enough to make the correct size board you are planning on and also getting the look right that you are after.

Once you have the end-grain blank, follow your plan above with the cuts and swap the light and dark pieces. No special glue but it has to be water-proof and food safe. Any wood types should due as long as they stand up to a knife well and with end-grain it is not that much of a problem.


-- --It's not how long you live, but how you live that makes it a life.--

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#13 posted 09-13-2009 03:33 AM

Great job now you can get your lazy Larry badge.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#14 posted 09-13-2009 03:44 AM

very nice…I have always liked the woven boards…I finally bought wood for my first cutting boards and I cant wait to get to them…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#15 posted 10-26-2009 01:31 AM

Hey, that’s different. I love it.

-- Express creativity with wood, Dewayne. Vacaville CA.

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