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"Alice in Wonderland" Cutting Boards

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Project by KnotCurser posted 01-13-2010 03:13 PM 3289 views 11 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are my third and fourth cutting boards. I needed to give gifts to two different people so I thought a “two-fer” style board would be a good idea – one build gives you two boards!

I used some nice walnut (my favorite wood to work with) and some rock maple to provide a nice contrast.

The only thing I don’t like with these is that the shape ended up a tad long and skinny, around 9” x 14”. More like a serving board or a bar-top board than a cutting board I suppose.

Either way – they turned out nice and I am pretty proud of the tight joints! :-)

Treated with just mineral oil – flooded each day for three days. Simple and effective.

-bob

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com





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Tim

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#1 posted 01-13-2010 03:35 PM

They are incredible. Great work.

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Matt Vredenburg

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#2 posted 01-13-2010 03:58 PM

Nice job Bob. I just posted pictures of similar boards which I made as presents for Christmas. Isn’t it great when they come together (second glue up). I also love to watch people try to figure out how I made them. It’s interesting what they come up with on how I did it.

Great job and thanks for sharing!

-- Matt, Arizona

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MShort

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#3 posted 01-13-2010 04:48 PM

I love the design. Great gift ideas.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#4 posted 01-13-2010 05:31 PM

I like that you didn’t include the strips to frame the various “squares”. It’s a very interesting variation.

Now all I need is a bandsaw….

-- Woodworking is easy as 3.14159265358979323846264338327950288419716939937510...

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poroskywood

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#5 posted 01-13-2010 05:39 PM

I agree with Bret. The strips allow for a little play in matching the curves up, without them the cut has to be smooth and dead on. Also without the strips I see the curves can be a lot deeper because there is no pressure in trying to bend 5 strips during clamping. More possilbilties, Nice!

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

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#6 posted 01-13-2010 05:43 PM

Super boards well done

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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KnotCurser

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#7 posted 01-13-2010 05:55 PM

Well…........... To be honest….......... The boards originally WERE supposed to have cherry strips. You guys are WAY too good in spotting things! ;-)

I went ahead and ripped a couple dozen 1/8” strips of cherry and tried to do as Scott stated – bend 5 strips of wood all at the same time into those tight curves and CRACK! Whoops!

I even tried a very amateur attempt at some wood bending which quickly went downhill.

So, what I ended up with was two smaller boards with no inlays, and yes – they are much harder to match up!

I was thinking about taking four different types of wood and taping them all together the next time for a four-wood-really-drunken board – four boards for one effort! Anyone do this yet?

-bob

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com

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#8 posted 01-13-2010 07:01 PM

how DO you make these? any blog you can point me to?

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KnotCurser

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#9 posted 01-13-2010 08:02 PM

Sure – refer to http://lumberjocks.com/poroskywood/blog/10833 – Porosky is THE authority on this type of board!

-bob

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com

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#10 posted 01-13-2010 08:38 PM

gotcha, thanks!

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AaronK

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#11 posted 01-13-2010 08:40 PM

ah! now I get the “one build gives you two boards” thing… they come in complementary pairs. sweet.

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pinkfish

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#12 posted 01-13-2010 11:48 PM

I fixed the issue with bending the strips by making deep curves by steam bending the strips. I put them in a steam box for a bit then clamped them in place, bent them and glued them.

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Matt Vredenburg

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#13 posted 01-14-2010 08:22 AM

Bob, i just completed 22 boards just with the Cherry strips. I did notice the same challenges you mentioned with the 1/8 cherry strips. I ended up soaking the strips in water prior to glue up…and this solved all the cracking problems. I posted mine project yesterday as well if you want to see them.

-- Matt, Arizona

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#14 posted 01-14-2010 02:54 PM

I love these. Yet something else to add to my list of “Things I Have To Try”.... Hope mine comes out as good as yours. Well done!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#15 posted 01-17-2010 12:22 AM

Very nice Bob. Walnut is my favorite also. The only thing I don’t like about it is pencil marks can be hard to see at times.

-- Glen

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