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A few of my favorite cutting boards/serving trays

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Project by Shaneswoodcuts posted 01-24-2018 05:18 PM 792 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After doing my first cutting board from Walnut and Poplar, I learned about hardness, face/edge/end grain. Let’s just say, the first board didn’t hold up all that well. A face grain board with poplar… :-/ I’ve done quite a few since then, each one I try to come up with a new design. When I learned about exotic woods, my brain about exploded! Here are a few of my favorites. The first is end/edge grain walnut and hickory, with redheart, black palm and Zebrawood. The second was a monster 18×28x2.5 – walnut, hickory, wenge, canary wood, chakte viga, katalox, bloodwood, and purple heart. The third hickory and Cherry, with bloodwood and chakte viga inlays/cross section outlined with katalox. The fourth – two serving trays – the first, cedar and the second African mahogany with black palm and Katalox inlays. I finally got a forstner set and had to try them out!!! Also challenged myself with a snake knot for a handle! The fifth was a mother’s day present and my attempt at learning angles… This board (well, all of them, but this one particularly started off much bigger than it ended up) this is Katalox and Padauk with yellow heart. This one also taught me about the “browning of woods, the Padauk doesn’t look near as bright now as it did when I finished it. The last is walnut and hickory with a small strip of bloodwood and smaller strips of purple heart.

As always, thanks for stopping and taking a peak. Still learning about angles… I haven’t cut 4 – 45° angles for a box yet perfectly – would love some thoughts/guidance on that.

-- Shane





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LoJack

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#1 posted 01-24-2018 06:15 PM

the all look great! How did you come up with a template for the serving board with the handle?

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Shaneswoodcuts

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#2 posted 01-24-2018 07:26 PM


the all look great! How did you come up with a template for the serving board with the handle?

- LoJack

Brother!!! That’s a great question! To be truthful, I rarely have an idea of how any of them will turn out until I start cutting the wood. I have a vague plan when I get started, but it usually changes quite a bit by the time I’m finished. For this one I knew that I was using Walnut (edge grain), hickory (end grain), and Wenge, because she wanted Wenge in the board. I had a rough template set up with the end grain hickory actually all facing the same direction, and set up between the two pieces of walnut. My little girl came out to the garage and bumped my work bench and knocked some hickory off, and bless her, thinking she was going to get in trouble, she put the pieces back, the way she thought they were… When I noticed, I ran in and have her a big kiss and hug… She turned those pieces into what the end product is. The middle section turned out like this. I had one piece of wenge left, but it wasn’t wide enough to make the board the dimensions she wanted, I had a piece of Canarywood that was 1/16 size difference. I glued those and checkered them thinking that will fill out the middle, but nope, didn’t have enough to make it the full length of the board. I don’t throw anything away, unless I absolutely know I can’t use it. So I had these inlays of hickory with chakte viga, bloodwood, and Katalox. I could trim those up a bit and put them in the middle… Wait, these pieces are 1/2” shy of the right width… In comes the purple heart. I had one strip of purple heart left from using in something else and it fit! So yeah, a little planning, accidents and digging through a lot of scrap is how that all went down! :-D

The handles were a challenge, we went through probably 20 sets of handles before getting these, none of the others were quite the right dimensions. This only left my problem of screwing into edge grain. The handles came with 3/4” screws. Why would you put such small screws with a handle that weighs 1lb? I read bunches about screwing into edge grain. Ended up using 2” aged bronze cabinet mounting screws. Drilled a pilot hole, waxed the screws and slowly put them in. 8 screws in each handle turned out solid!

Thanks for asking and the compliments!

-- Shane

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#3 posted 01-24-2018 08:07 PM

fancy cutting boards, almost too nice to use!


Still learning about angles… I haven t cut 4 – 45° angles for a box yet perfectly – would love some thoughts/guidance on that.

- Shaneswoodcuts

Small boxes or picture frames: Most folks wanting perfect 45 miter corners use a miter sled jig on table saw. secret is that even if sled has 45.05 angle for one side, the opposite side is 44.95 and they fit perfect together (as long as you remember to label ends and use right side of jig).
Examples are plentiful if you search LJ for “miter sled”.

For large boxes or cabinet frame miters, I tilt table saw blade and set angle with digital angle gauge on saw blade.

-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

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Shaneswoodcuts

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#4 posted 01-24-2018 08:11 PM

Aww man! After going back through my pictures of what I posted, I guess you mean the cedar board? I modeled that one after a pizza board. Sorry for the long description about the other!

Thanks again

-- Shane

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#5 posted 01-24-2018 11:06 PM

FOR PERFECT CORNERS RAZOR SHARP GET A MTER TRIMMER!

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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Alex Lane

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#6 posted 01-24-2018 11:41 PM

Gorgeous! I’m inspired

-- Lane Custom Guitars and Basses

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LoJack

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#7 posted 01-25-2018 02:54 PM


the all look great! How did you come up with a template for the serving board with the handle?

- LoJack

Brother!!! That s a great question! To be truthful, I rarely have an idea of how any of them will turn out until I start cutting the wood. I have a vague plan when I get started, but it usually changes quite a bit by the time I m finished. For this one I knew that I was using Walnut (edge grain), hickory (end grain), and Wenge, because she wanted Wenge in the board. I had a rough template set up with the end grain hickory actually all facing the same direction, and set up between the two pieces of walnut. My little girl came out to the garage and bumped my work bench and knocked some hickory off, and bless her, thinking she was going to get in trouble, she put the pieces back, the way she thought they were… When I noticed, I ran in and have her a big kiss and hug… She turned those pieces into what the end product is. The middle section turned out like this. I had one piece of wenge left, but it wasn t wide enough to make the board the dimensions she wanted, I had a piece of Canarywood that was 1/16 size difference. I glued those and checkered them thinking that will fill out the middle, but nope, didn t have enough to make it the full length of the board. I don t throw anything away, unless I absolutely know I can t use it. So I had these inlays of hickory with chakte viga, bloodwood, and Katalox. I could trim those up a bit and put them in the middle… Wait, these pieces are 1/2” shy of the right width… In comes the purple heart. I had one strip of purple heart left from using in something else and it fit! So yeah, a little planning, accidents and digging through a lot of scrap is how that all went down! :-D

The handles were a challenge, we went through probably 20 sets of handles before getting these, none of the others were quite the right dimensions. This only left my problem of screwing into edge grain. The handles came with 3/4” screws. Why would you put such small screws with a handle that weighs 1lb? I read bunches about screwing into edge grain. Ended up using 2” aged bronze cabinet mounting screws. Drilled a pilot hole, waxed the screws and slowly put them in. 8 screws in each handle turned out solid!

Thanks for asking and the compliments!

- Shaneswoodcuts

Great explanation! I love how it always seems to be a combination of perfect planning and a few happy accidents. The beauty of woodworking is there is nothing that can’t be undone and there is always a solution. Great hobby for the heart haha

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#8 posted 01-25-2018 05:31 PM

These are all very nice pieces.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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Scott Oldre

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#9 posted 01-26-2018 01:11 PM

stunning designs and color combinations

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#10 posted 01-26-2018 07:33 PM

So nice pattern! I like those mindblowing wood combinations.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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