Sawmill creek style cutting board

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Not much to say about this really. I haven’t had time to do any woodworking for a while, and I had a couple 4/4 maple and walnut shorts lying around getting in my way.

I’ve never tried to use thin offcuts like this before, I’m surprised at how well it turned out. The pattern is slightly skewed (for some reason the walnut ended up slightly thinner than the maple on the 1/32” and 2/32” strips), but unless you know to look for it you’d never be able to tell.

That said, I like my end-grain cutting boards a lot better in terms of functionality, so I don’t know if something like this would be a regular project. Its a hell of a lot easier to sand though! =)

-- Dylan Vanderhoof - General hobbiest and reluctant penmaker.

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#1 posted 09-15-2009 08:49 PM

Very beautiful!

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#2 posted 09-15-2009 09:29 PM

Sweet looking! Thanks.

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

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#3 posted 09-15-2009 09:41 PM

wow thats cool

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#4 posted 09-15-2009 10:06 PM

That is really sharp looking, nice work!

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#5 posted 09-15-2009 10:17 PM

Really nice looking board , very well done.

Thanks for sharing with us .

-- Not my woodworking

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#6 posted 09-15-2009 10:40 PM

The walnut and maple combo just make this board pop!!
Did you use the Incra TSLS?

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#7 posted 09-15-2009 10:53 PM

Looks really nice. If you don’t like it as a cutting board it would make a perfect serving tray.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#8 posted 09-16-2009 03:24 AM

Eye bending! Great work!

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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#9 posted 09-16-2009 03:30 AM

Looks great spectacular . It would be interesting to know how you varied the thickness of the strips.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#10 posted 09-16-2009 03:49 AM

Dylan, I realy like your design and build. Would love to see more pictures of this one. Thanks for sharing.

-- John @

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#11 posted 09-16-2009 06:52 AM

Nope, no Incra. I wish I had one! I’m waiting until I get a cabinet saw before I splurge on the TSLS. I just used the stock fence on my Rigid TS3650.

The thickness wasn’t terribly difficult. Planed down the boards to match, and set the fence to just under the width of the widest board and ripped both to size.

I measured my kerf at almost exactly 3/32” (close enough). So the first cut was done by moving the fence 4/32”, the offcut was 1/32” and made the first set of strips. Next cut was done by moving the fence 5/32” leaving a 2/32” offcut. I just kept incrementing the fence movement until I ran out of board.

I wasn’t sure how it would work with my relatively cheap fence, but the strips came out glue ready (thank my Freud think kerf rip blade?) and everything just seemed to work.

-- Dylan Vanderhoof - General hobbiest and reluctant penmaker.

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#12 posted 09-16-2009 07:43 AM

thanks Dylan
good info Just basic math got the job done

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#13 posted 09-17-2009 02:49 AM

I really like the look of your board.

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#14 posted 09-17-2009 12:25 PM

Very nice work. I like it.

-- Guy,PEI

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#15 posted 10-13-2009 07:57 AM

“You’re getting very sleeeeepy….. look into my board.”

-- Lisa Chan, custom cafts and yarn accessories,

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