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Project by quasarwutwut posted 09-28-2016 11:00 PM 866 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Being a hobby and not a profession I feel like I need to make a lot of things that my wife can enjoy so she doesn’t think I’m hiding in the garage all the time to avoid things like cleaning the cat boxes. Which I am. Fortunately it was fun to start to work with more exotic woods and make something in my skill set that actually looks impressive.

The two things I learned from this was that I need more clamps, and that maybe 5 types of wood (walnut, yellowheart, purpleheart, cherry and maple) was probably overkill. Next time I’m going maybe just walnut, maple, and purpleheart. Keep it simple stupid, as my grandfather was fond of saying. Oh, and third thing is that I really need to make a planer sled. I don’t have a jointer and am not sure how to plane by hand because, yes, I only know how to use powertools. Shameful but true. Anyways, the pattern’s a little busy but I like it, and I’ll put it in my ‘win’ column.

-- Jordan, Chicago, not allowed near saws or goats. Or goats with saws.





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Don Broussard

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#1 posted 09-29-2016 12:52 AM

Looks good from here, Jordan. I’d put that in the win column too.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#2 posted 09-29-2016 02:29 AM

Looks good to me! Do you have a large planet or sander? How did you do such a large piece?

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#3 posted 09-29-2016 02:38 AM

Awesome detail and precision!

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#4 posted 09-29-2016 03:43 AM



Looks good to me! Do you have a large planet or sander? How did you do such a large piece?

- tealetm


Wow, thank you. Those photos must be deceiving, it’s actually only 12” x 13”, so it did fit through my small planer. I feel like I got lucky with how even it was on one side (I don’t have a jointer). I really need to make a planer sled.

-- Jordan, Chicago, not allowed near saws or goats. Or goats with saws.

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#5 posted 09-29-2016 07:02 AM

Looks great

-- Dreaming patterns

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#6 posted 09-29-2016 09:38 AM

That cutting board looks great Jordan! Great work, and a nice choice of woods. I have used all and more on end grain cutting boards. They are all unique and different. Thanks for posting your great work.

Ellery Becnel

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#7 posted 09-29-2016 01:47 PM

Pretty nice cutting board! I like design. Did you maybe use program or it just come out from your mind? I made something similar as my first cutting board,but i use only 4 types of wood. After seeing this,I think I will try to make also something like this :)
Great job!

-- Vladimir , ...handcraft rules :)

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#8 posted 09-29-2016 02:08 PM

sssshhhh …..please don’t give our secret away about hiding …..... LMAO …...very nice looking cutting board im sure your wife will be proud to use it ….....GREAT JOB

-- Tony Reinholds,Pa. REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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quasarwutwut

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#9 posted 09-29-2016 03:23 PM

Thank you, and I saw yours, it’s really nice. You can’t see it in these photos but I put a 1/2” chamfer on the bottom, but I like on yours the slightly more decorative way you used it on the top. I haven’t seen that before and it’s a nice touch. I did not use a program (I have a Mac and unfortunately there doesn’t appear to be a cool program for cutting boards), just came up with a pattern I liked and then decided to flip every other one after I saw them laid out.


Pretty nice cutting board! I like design. Did you maybe use program or it just come out from your mind? I made something similar as my first cutting board,but i use only 4 types of wood. After seeing this,I think I will try to make also something like this :)
Great job!

- Vladimir Simendic


-- Jordan, Chicago, not allowed near saws or goats. Or goats with saws.

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#10 posted 09-29-2016 06:36 PM

Nice! A jointer will make the process easier, I’ve found that for these boards, the planer is the real time saver. I did my first one with nothing but clamps, a table saw, and a #5 hand plane. That was how I learned to use a plane. Haha. Still can’t say I’m great with hand tools, but I can make them do stuff if I need to.

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#11 posted 09-29-2016 08:46 PM

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#12 posted 10-05-2016 08:06 PM

I want to make some of these for gifts and such. That looks great for a first time!

I am planning on this being my next project.

-- Zach, Ohio

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