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Project by Mathew Nedeljko posted 06-27-2010 03:21 AM 3442 views 16 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife asked for a cutting board she could use primarily for serving cheese and fruit. Her other request was to make it thin and light. Since this was not going to see a lot of heavy use I decided to make it face grain in order to maximize the wood I had available and emphasize the grain. Mineral oil finish.

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch





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#1 posted 06-27-2010 03:26 AM

Beautiful wood combination!

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#2 posted 06-27-2010 03:57 AM

Nice board, and way to rack up those brownie points, heaven knows we can all use more of those!

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#3 posted 06-27-2010 04:10 AM

Pretty.

-- Rowdy in Kechi, Kansas

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#4 posted 06-27-2010 04:26 AM

I really like this. Simple and elegant. The thin accent pieces pull the whole thing together. Nicely done!

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#5 posted 06-27-2010 07:16 AM

Very nice ! How did you create and cut the curve ?

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#6 posted 06-27-2010 03:54 PM

Nice wood combination, plus I think the pattern and sizing of the pieces work well.

I also like the curve on this piece. It adds that little something extra.

What are your dimensions on this piece?

One last question: Did you use a 1/8” roundover bit?

On one of my next boards, I’d like to try a similar wood combination to this, as I think there is a nice pleasant contrast between something like maple and sapele/mahogany, versus the jolting contrast between maple and walnut. I also like that combination and have used it many times as I’ve got both of those species right now, but am interested in the maple/mahogany combination, and this one looks great!

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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Mathew Nedeljko

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#7 posted 06-27-2010 07:53 PM

Thanks for the nice comments everyone… here is some more information about this board.

Dimensions: 12×17 x 5/8”

The curves on the ends were drawn with a trammel compass arm, with the radius set to the length of the board. I simply drew out the arcs in pencil, cut close to the line on the bandsaw, then sanded each end with the ROS starting at 100, 150, finally 220 grit. You could also make a template out of MDF then use a pattern or flush trim bit in a router, but for this sort of a one off project I just decided to go at it directly.

Jonathan on this board I did use a 1/8 roundover bit primarily because it was so thin. On thicker boards I usually use a 3/16 or even 1/4 roundover.

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch

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#8 posted 06-27-2010 08:09 PM

Thanks for the information. I currently only have a 1/4” roundover and thought it would be way too much for something like this. The 1/8” roundover looks like it’s in proportion to the thickness of the board, so that’s why I was asking what size it was. I’m going to have to get a 1/8” roundover bit soon for thinner boards and trays such as this one.

Again, nice job!

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#9 posted 06-27-2010 10:12 PM

Very nice board

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#10 posted 06-28-2010 02:17 AM

Nice job. Looks good.

-- Gary, Little River,SC I've Learned that the Lord didn't do it all in one day and neither can I

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#11 posted 06-28-2010 02:18 AM

Thanks …all of my boards are unique in size as well , so the trammel idea will work the best for my needs : )
I hope mine comes out as nicely as yours did : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#12 posted 06-28-2010 04:06 AM

Simple elegance is what first comes to mind. I’ve seen cutting boards and other small projects with a cacophony of multiple species. This piece, on the other hand, shows restraint. This is a mark of a fine woodworker.

-- Paul, Clinton, NC

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#13 posted 06-30-2010 06:29 AM

nice cutting board…..how does the hardness of the sapele wood hardness compare to the maple?

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#14 posted 06-30-2010 03:26 PM

I’ve worked quite a bit with sapele and I really love it for many reasons, but the hardness number is higher for hard maple. Even so, if the only goal is to cut veggies or cheese, then I would get some PVC or fir plywood from Home Depot! In the beautiful example above, the added class to the kitchen counter is worth quite a bit.

-- Paul, Clinton, NC

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#15 posted 09-07-2010 03:04 AM

simple and elegant, I like it.

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