Decorative Cutting Boards

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Project by SplashMaster posted 01-06-2018 09:49 PM 644 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted to build simple Christmas gifts for 2016 that I could batch out fairly easily. So, I decide on personalized decorative cutting boards.

First I made a template that was a wide as the boards I was using (about 6”) and shaped the handle to a common cutting board designee. The template was used to first rough cut out the shapes, then a flush trim bit was used to bring the cutting boards to final size. This went well with only a few boards giving me any trouble with tear out. All the edges were then rounded over with a ¼” round over router bit.

My wife used a monogram generating internet site to first create the monograms and I then adjusted them to the proper size image in a basic word document. The monograms are then printed and I used a pencil marking all over the back of the paper, taped it to the cutting board, and then traced the monogram on to the wood (just like using carbon paper). The slow part of all this was the wood burning. It only took about half an hour per board, but I had to take breaks between boards because my hand would dry out and cramp up. The fish hook cutting board is an inlay I did for practice to see if I could figure out this technique. I made a template in 1/4” hard board and used a router inlay set up to create the inlay and the mortise. The only thing I would add to the hook would be using a plug cuter to add a and eye to the hook. (Thought about that after the board was given away)

They were then sanded to 220 grit and finished with Watco Butcher Block Oil & Finish. Lastly a piece of leather string was threaded through a hole in the handle for the boards to hang from. The woods used are Utile, Wenge, Zebra Wood, Padauk, one from Red Oak, and one from Purple Heart. This was a fun project that allowed me to gain some experience with these exotic hardwoods (not including the Red Oak lol) and everyone loved them. It’s very nice to be able to make and personalize gift like this.

Thanks for stopping by, until next time take care!


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#1 posted 01-06-2018 11:26 PM

WOW I just assumed CNC when I saw all that detail. My wrist hurts in sympathy for yours. Nice job. I bet everyone liked them.

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#2 posted 01-06-2018 11:29 PM

Haha Thanks TherealSteveN

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#3 posted 01-07-2018 05:01 AM

Love the monogram…

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#4 posted 01-07-2018 01:40 PM

I also assumed CNC. Really nice job on the monograms. Man, really nice!

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#5 posted 01-07-2018 04:49 PM

Thanks Tennessee and Degoose!

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#6 posted 01-07-2018 05:53 PM

The wood is beautiful and the monograms put these gifts over the top!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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#7 posted 01-07-2018 07:05 PM

Thank you Mike!

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#8 posted 01-07-2018 07:49 PM

This is a beautiful collection of cutting boards.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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#9 posted 01-08-2018 07:59 AM

Good idea and great various woods collection. Signs are realy pretty.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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