Cutting Board

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Project by alholstein posted 10-26-2007 04:10 AM 2145 views 13 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the style of cutting board that I have been making. Simple maple and walnut with experiments different combinations of the little trim pattern. It is designed simple enough that you aren’t afraid to use it as a cutting board for cheese or bread. Finished with mineral oil. I have been using some for many years with a little sanding to clean up the knife cuts and re-oil. Used my router and a jig to smooth up the glueing issues. I am interested in comments.

-- Al Holstein "I wood do it"

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#1 posted 10-26-2007 04:40 AM

Very nice. If this were all end grain I wouldnt have any problem using it for meat and poultry. Very good choices of wood for a cutting board. Looks like you got a lot of time into the checkerboard. How many hours of work are in this piece? Again, Very nicely done.

-- All donations should be made out to me and in the form of wood or tools ~Chris

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#2 posted 10-26-2007 05:22 AM

I love the pattern. Very attractive project.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#3 posted 10-26-2007 05:29 AM

Great boards. The pattern work is real nice.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#4 posted 10-26-2007 05:33 AM

I really like the design in your cutting board. very eye catching. You should be able to sell a truck load of them.

-- jerryw-wva.

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#5 posted 10-26-2007 06:13 AM

The way that I made the checkerboard pattern was really easy. I ripped three strips of each maple and walnut and then glued two sandwich strips together. One with a walnut center and the other with a maple center. Then after cutting them into the ~1 in pieces you just alternate the selection. I glued the center three strips together, and after they dried assembled the checker board pieces. And then added the outside piece. Doing this on both sides allow me to clamp both sides at once. A couple of tricks that I used on this one that made it easier was to make a support of masonite that covered with wax paper to assemble the sides on. This formed a stable support over my clamps. The real trick is that the end pieces of the pattern pieces are cut long, so after I get the sides clamped together I can then cross clamp the pattern pieces that pulls the patter together tight. So the actual assembly of the tricky parts only takes a few minutes. The most time is spent smoothing it up after gluing as I don’t have a planner or a drum sander.

Thanks for all of the encouraging comments.

-- Al Holstein "I wood do it"

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#6 posted 10-26-2007 07:55 AM

Very nice, unique and yet a working piece.


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#7 posted 10-26-2007 09:08 AM

Very nice cutting boards Al. Thanks for the explanation about how you did it.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#8 posted 10-26-2007 11:20 AM

doesn’t look “simple”
Lovely design

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#9 posted 10-26-2007 01:08 PM

Very nice design Al.I really like your design.These are sure a nice way to use up small pieces of wood and play around with designs without risking too much.Well done.

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#10 posted 10-26-2007 01:38 PM

Al, Very well thought out pattern and excellent craftsmanship. Thanks for sharing your technique.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#11 posted 10-26-2007 03:14 PM

Very unique board. I’ve never seen one like it anywhere – and that’s a good thing. Would make nice gifts.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#12 posted 10-26-2007 07:26 PM

Ah, a new design! I like it!

-- Branden - Sacramento, California -

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#13 posted 10-27-2007 12:15 AM

Thanks Al. It looks great!

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#14 posted 10-27-2007 12:57 AM

Looks real fine; nice work.

-- Gary, Florida.

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#15 posted 10-27-2007 12:53 PM

Really nice looking board.

-- Andy Stark

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