Snakeskin Cutting Board

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Project by KnotCurser posted 01-25-2010 12:42 AM 2276 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Okay, it’s not really snakeskin. It’s actually made from end-grain chestnut and MAN is it heavy!

I had a bunch of strips left over from a wine table I made for my brother and his wife ( ) so I figured I would put them to use. Having never seen a board made from chestnut before I kind of knew this would be unique! I think it looks more like old leather or snakeskin stretched over a frame than wood.

I also book-matched every other row to give it this look. It measures 12×14 inches and is an inch thick. I routed a Roman ogee into the top and a simple mitered edge for the bottom.

One thing I can say is that my new V-Drum sander is worth its weight in sawdust! This board alone saved me around 45 minutes of hand sanding and it is ABSOLUTELY flat!


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#1 posted 01-25-2010 12:57 AM

Nice looking cutting board. What kind of glue do you use for cutting boards?

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#2 posted 01-25-2010 01:04 AM


I only use Tightbond III on all my work – very rarely I will use the dark colored Tightbond when the situation calls for it.


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#3 posted 01-25-2010 01:05 AM

Sweet! A very interesting and subtle effect.

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#4 posted 01-25-2010 01:11 AM

Really great looking cutting board, love the color and design. There is such a thing as snakewood, maybe you can do another with snakewood if you can get a hold of some.

-- Style is simple, but not my execution of it.

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#5 posted 01-25-2010 03:24 AM

Very cool cutting board

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#6 posted 01-25-2010 03:56 AM

wow … eye candy

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#7 posted 01-25-2010 04:04 AM

sweet ,

very well done !

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#8 posted 01-25-2010 06:11 AM

Awesome design : )

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#9 posted 01-25-2010 08:43 AM

Very nice!

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#10 posted 02-01-2010 05:15 AM

very nice board. i use titebond III pretty on most everything except cutting boards. it reads right on the label not food quality. but tite bond II is okay for sutting boards. just thought i would pass that along.

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#11 posted 02-01-2010 01:28 PM


Have to disagree on your statement…......

This comes from the Titebond website:

Titebond III Ultimate Wood Glue is the first one-part, water cleanup wood glue ever offered that is proven waterproof. The waterproof formula passes the ANSI/HPVA Type I water-resistance specification and offers superior bond strength, longer open assembly time and lower application temperature.

Titebond III is non-toxic, solvent free and cleans up with water – safer to use than traditional waterproof wood glues. It provides strong initial tack, sands easily without softening and is FDA approved for indirect food contact (cutting boards). The ultimate in wood glues – ideal for both interior and exterior applications.

Here’s the URL:


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#12 posted 01-22-2014 10:42 PM

Update on the titebond website info – seems they changed their URL.

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