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I made this serving board for my daughter-in-law, Josalyn, as an anniversary present.

I designed this board to feature some laminated plugs and try out some banding ideas. I punched holes at various angles on the mortiser and set these plugs on end. The short cross bands are done prior to laminating the strips together, then the next in length is added,a nd so on, and finally the long angled kerfs are cut on the table saw to about 1/4” deep. Various colored thin strips are inserted, some being butted end to end. The designs are endless and most of the work is done on the tablesaw and chop saw. A plug cutter was used to make the round inlays.

Not too difficult…...just a wild imagination and a lot of time. :-)

Please note: No nice boards were harmed in this endeavor, only scraps.

This is mainly for display so I used lacquer as the finish, about 6 coats, sanded smooth between each._

Typically, you dont need to sand lacquer between each coat. I build it up with a fairly heavy coat and sand it down to level out all the little dips and voids that occur around the multitude of inlays .I repeat this process several times. This is what is known as “blocking” in auto body work, something I learned to do many years ago.

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

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#1 posted 11-22-2007 06:04 PM

Ah, we meet again…beautiful work.

-- Odie, Confucius say, "He who laughs at one's self is BUTT of joke". (my funny blog)

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#2 posted 11-22-2007 06:07 PM


-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#3 posted 11-22-2007 06:45 PM

Andy, You’re just having too dang much fun over there on the wet side of the state. Great design. Have a happy Turkey Day.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#4 posted 11-22-2007 07:01 PM

cool board, will she recieve it today or wait till christmas.

-- bryano

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#5 posted 11-22-2007 10:26 PM

Excellent work. Looks too good to use.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#6 posted 11-22-2007 11:55 PM

The craftsmanship is excellent; the design is a little too abstract for me.

-- Gary, Florida.

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#7 posted 11-23-2007 06:20 AM

Beautiful board, love the mix of color and design. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#8 posted 11-23-2007 10:16 AM

Great looking board. I like the design and scalloped ends.

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

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#9 posted 11-23-2007 01:27 PM

Love your inlay abilities. This one made me think that i bet you could do an awesome one designed around musical staff and notes.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#10 posted 11-23-2007 02:24 PM

Thanks everyone for your honest opinions.

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

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#11 posted 11-30-2007 04:10 AM

awesome ,enough said !

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#12 posted 05-07-2008 09:01 PM

Most interesting!

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#13 posted 05-07-2008 09:17 PM

The craftsmanship is excellent. The design isn’t my taste. I’m not saying it is a bad design, just not to my taste.

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#14 posted 05-07-2008 09:38 PM

looks great.. kind of made me dizzy

-- making sawdust....

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#15 posted 04-01-2009 01:10 AM

The more I see of different woodworkers ideas the more humble I become.. Modern wood art at its best
Regards Larry

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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