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Project by SPalm posted 07-22-2010 04:01 AM 6798 views 76 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a fun and easy to build cutting board. It takes off on a very popular Chevron design. I put a little twist into it by using small walnut strips to pull out a different design. The woods used were maple, cherry, paduk, Spanish cedar, and walnut.

About the design of this board: I chose the stripe color combination to go from the top down; strongest to weakest. I chose the cherry nearest the paduk to have a swirl in the grain to visually remove it from the diagonals, while the cherry on the bottom was chosen to have a straight grain to assist the arrows. The thin walnut banding was designed to be visually carried diagonally from one vertical column to the next. And there is a visual effect of the paduk points being on a curve, even though they are in a straight line.

The basic concept of the build is to glue up a bunch of strips and cut the result at 45 degrees into another bunch of strips. Then re-glue these strips with some banding back into a board. One of the pictures shows a Chevron design using these strips for those who might not be familiar with that design.

A key (and the only important) measurement to this design is the relationship between the thicknesses of maple ‘diamonds’ to the width of the final strips. That ratio is 1 to 1.414, which is the relationship of a 45-90 degree right triangle. In this case, the width of the maple + the walnut banding is 1 inch for the first glue-up of the board. Then I crosscut the board so that the vertical strips + the walnut banding would be 1.4 inches. The whole reason for this is to cause the banding to connect with the next strip.

After the glue dried, I sanded the board flat so it would slide smoothly on the table saw. Then I crosscut the very large miter. I only have a standard type miter gauge, so for crosscutting something this large, I did it a little unconventionally. I turned the miter gauge around in its slot, placed the board against it, and slid it forward into the blade. I was able to make a very smooth cut. No big difference, but it just felt better.

Then I was able to cut the rest of the strips against the rip fence. This went really fast and very consistent. Note that I had the point of the glue-up facing toward me. This was so the notch on the back of my push stick would force the board against the fence.

Finally I trimmed the edges, glued the strips back together, sanded and oiled. Ta-da.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#1 posted 07-22-2010 04:10 AM


Coool Design !!!

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#2 posted 07-22-2010 04:11 AM

very nice steve ,

and a good board for beginners /intermediate level .

you just keep moving right along !

well done ,

-- 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 07-22-2010 04:28 AM

Steve: A very nice looking piece. Nice design features.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#4 posted 07-22-2010 04:36 AM

Love it! It looks a lot easier than all of the recent completions I’ve come out of here.
I might even try one of these some day. I have to start accumulating some different
kinds of wood.

I love cooking, so I would use one of these every day, which makes it even cooler.


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#5 posted 07-22-2010 04:41 AM

Very pretty and a good presentation of technique. Where oh where do you find the time?

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#6 posted 07-22-2010 06:20 AM

Very nice pattern

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#7 posted 07-22-2010 06:23 AM

What a great idea. Looks well

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#8 posted 07-22-2010 06:26 AM

Very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

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#9 posted 07-22-2010 06:50 AM

Another beauty well done

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#10 posted 07-22-2010 09:04 AM

Good job. The walnut strips really sets this off. Your cutting boards are really cool pieces of art. I’ve got to jump on this band wagon and try making one. Thanks for sharing.

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#11 posted 07-22-2010 10:54 AM

another great design from you

even before I have my shop lined up I am hooked on cutingboards
with all those great designs there has been shown on L J
fantastic you and the others can continue to drag out new things from the sleeves

thank´s for sharing and the toturial


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#12 posted 07-22-2010 11:15 AM

Real nice looking piece.

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#13 posted 07-22-2010 12:24 PM

nice colors

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#14 posted 07-22-2010 12:28 PM

the eye follows the line clear through with out even realizing it. Nice job and very cool design!!!

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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#15 posted 07-22-2010 12:47 PM

Very pleasing to the eye.
A well thought out project.

Thanks for sharing.

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