Cutting boards with Lee Valley Tools Platter Handles

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Project by mtkate posted 07-03-2010 04:44 PM 3926 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ever since I saw these platter handles in the Lee Valley Tools catalog – I wanted to try them however I wanted to wait until I had a few cutting boards under my belt.

Recently when I was shopping the catalog, I noticed that the bull was going to be discontinued so I quickly ordered two of them (one for a gift, and one for me). Beware – they are prone to scratch as they are pewter but I find them very cool. While I was there, I picked up some painter’s pyramids. They are FANTASTIC. I can’t believe I did not spend the $10 sooner in my life.

Boards are all maple. The top a simple board, made longer and shaped to the handles. This one is a gift. I hand carved a groove in the back so that it can be hung up if wanted. The bottom board is butcher block, about 1.25 ” thick. I did not shape to the handles (did not want to risk blocks falling off). This one is for ME!!!! Both finished with a ton of mineral oil applied at least twice a day over a week and topped with a paraffin wax and mineral oil heated mixture that I applied several times over two days.

The first board – I decided to make it long because I could not get the Texan longhorns out of my head. Wouldn’t it be cool if someone produced platter handles with longhorn cattle? Maybe it exists already.

If anyone is thinking of doing this – suggestion it to make your board at least 1” thick to give yourself a lot of play for the holes/countersinking you need to do. The first board is not as thick so I barely made it, but I made it. Also, no matter what you do the platter does not lie completely flat against the board (ie. there are gaps). This is to let you know in case you expected this and are disappointed.

Two at a time now…. am I catching up to Larry? I am at risk of being productive!

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#1 posted 07-03-2010 04:58 PM

I like the pattern on the bottom board for its visual interest, but it is different since it’s end grain, while I like the way you sculpted the top board to match the handle shape. If these were mostly going to be serving trays, I think I’d stick with the top one for ease of construction, materials needed, etc., plus you don’t really need the end grain if you’re not cutting on it (or rarely cutting on it).

These are a bit off the beaten trail, in a good way. I wonder if you kept the top design and used 5/4 maple if that would be just about right for the thickness? Then you could “ding” it up to add some age marks. Or what if you did this all, only using cherry that had some UV exposure to darken it up a bit? Might look rustic and worn, as it seems to me these platter handles will look best once the board has seen some use.

Thanks for sharing all the tips too.

I’m sure Larry just churned out 2-more boards in the time it took me to type this message. ;-)

I’m sure you’ll get lots of great use out of it!

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-- 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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#2 posted 07-03-2010 05:04 PM

they sure look good !
very well done .

a small suggestion ,
if you want to profile more like this ,
a trick we use in the boating world for mounting blocks ,

use a washer (what ever size you like the shoulder offset) ,
and run it against the piece with your pencil ,
it will give you an even shoulder on the work to follow ,
i have washers in all sizes for this ,
it really does a better job than a compass or freehand .

one of these company’s even sell them in plastic for this purpose .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 07-03-2010 07:33 PM

Interesting idea.

I prefer the one with the shaped ends.

Thanks for posting this, its given me an idea.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#4 posted 07-03-2010 09:46 PM

I’ve used both and the washers are great on most surfaces

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#5 posted 07-03-2010 09:49 PM

I have not seen these on a board before. Very nice…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#6 posted 07-04-2010 12:14 AM

Love the washer idea. Thanks, David.

I agree, the shaped one goes better with the handles. I just did not have the heart to cut into butcher block…. but if it ever wears down (hahaha, never!) then I will remake a shapely board.

I can’t wait to see slabs of meat on it…

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