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Project by Abter posted 01-11-2017 08:30 PM 715 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I thought I was making a cheese board until it was all done. When I gave it to my just-engaged daughter she informed me it was a cheese plank. When my wife chimed in “well of course, duh” I learned a new term :)
Simple 1” thick glued up plank, 12” x 30”, with salad bowl finish for food contact.

-- "Many men fish all their lives without ever realizing that it is not the fish they are after." {often mis-quoted as by H.D. Thoreau}





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wiser1934

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#1 posted 01-12-2017 03:38 AM

fascinating idea. i like it that is a new term, i agree.

-- wiser1934, new york

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helluvawreck

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#2 posted 01-12-2017 02:43 PM

This cheese board is such a nice piece. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#3 posted 01-12-2017 07:25 PM

Wow! Those different wooden stripes are too cool! Looks fantastic.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Grumpymike

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#4 posted 01-12-2017 07:36 PM

Great job on this “Cheese Board / Plank” ... Now, what is the difference in a “Cutting Board”???
Your mix of woods gives a real cool effect … Love it.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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Abter

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#5 posted 01-12-2017 09:16 PM

” Now, what is the difference in a “Cutting Board”???

Excellent question…not sure I have a complete answer. As far as construction, making them thinner to make them lighter is one part. Many cutting board patterns can be easily stretched out to make a longer “plank”. I also didn’t pay as much attention to durability of the wood…for example there are both cedar and poplar pieces in there that I probably wouldn’t use in a cutting board. Would Andiroba or Wenge be good in a cutting board? Darned if I know ! This one is obviously not end grain either.

As for use; some planks, including cheese planks, are used like cedar planks for grilling fish. My daughter had better not use this one for that! Soaking for 24 hours and then putting the plank directly on the grill is NOT what this is made for. People use planks that way to create cheese-in-pastry appetizers, hot appetizers, etc.

What my daughter has in mind is using it as a serving board to bring mixed hors d’oeuvres to the table or to a sidebar. Cheese, dips, bowls with sauces or veggies…its big enough to hold a bunch of stuff. I turned a handle for one of the cheese knife kits from some of the glued together scraps of the plank, so I certainly do expect it to see some cutting.

Here are a couple pics I grabbed online of a plank in use as this type of hors d’oeuveres tray:

-- "Many men fish all their lives without ever realizing that it is not the fish they are after." {often mis-quoted as by H.D. Thoreau}

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Grumpymike

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#6 posted 01-14-2017 04:40 PM

Abter Thank you for the excellent explanation on the board / plank vs: cutting board … But … you knew that I was pulling your leg, right?
Thanks for the pictures, I really didn’t know that they put such a variety of treats on a cheese board / plank.
That gives me some ideas.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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fogbow

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#7 posted 01-17-2017 09:50 PM

Did you glue it up straight and cut on the diagonal? Neat looking plank!

Barbara

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Abter

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#8 posted 01-18-2017 09:02 PM

I was trying to figure out how to describe what I did, but then remembered I had taken a picture of the completed glue up before I cut it. I actually glued this in two chunks (each with about 12 individual strips) and after that dried I glued the two pieces together. My approach didn’t use the minimum amount of wood because of the amount cut off to get it down to a rectangle. The cutoffs weren’t all waste. I used some of the cutoffs to turn multi-wood handles for a cheese knife, a wine cork&corkscrew, and a bottle opener. I will make some pens and other small turning project out of some of the rest of the cutoff wood scraps.

-- "Many men fish all their lives without ever realizing that it is not the fish they are after." {often mis-quoted as by H.D. Thoreau}

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