First Cutting Board-My Version

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Project by Bearpie posted 08-21-2010 10:05 PM 2821 views 10 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This cutting board is 11 5/8” W x 19 3/8” L x 1 1/4” thick

Made of Purple Heart base, rings and plugs from Yellow Heart, Padauk, Mora and Maple.

This was a very challenging project that so far took me 2 weeks. I learned a lot doing this project, for one, the rings have to be perfect and glue will not fill the gaps. The first 2 rings I put in at the same time on each side of the board had a small gap about 1/3 of the way around the ring on the inside so I had to cut another inner ring on both of them. I put 2 splines on the ends of the board to stabilize the Purple Heart board. I still have to put a final sanding on the surface, round off all the edges and put a finish on it. I am not sure what I will be putting on it, mineral oil or salad bowl oil or even wipe on poly if it is not going to be used as a cutting board. Any opinions or suggestions?

I used a circle cutter to make my grooves and a router to clean the bottom of the Padauk plug. The router caught and put a gouge on one side of the ring so I put another ring in to hide the screw up. Tip: Keep firm hold of router and clamp work piece down, don’t assume the weight of the board is enough!

Picture 2 shows the circle cutter and drill press, picture 3 shows earlier stage of the board. I sort of wished I had better foresight and would have just added the extra rings to the ends and just the middle ring to the wide Yellow Heart. All in all I am pleased with the outcome.

I have a very strong doubt that this will ever be used as a cutting board, looks too nice to put a knife to it!

As always, comments and critiques welcomed. Enjoy looking!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#1 posted 08-21-2010 10:16 PM

Way cool. Great kitchen art….........

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#2 posted 08-21-2010 10:28 PM

Wow, that’s quite the board. Looks great.

Not sure about what to put on it. If you use mineral oil make sure you get the light oil. I find the heavy usp is to thick. The other oil I have used and prefer is Terra Nova’s NaturOil – very nice thin oil – followed by Clapham’s Beeswax Salad bowl finish.

-- Nathan Ward, Fort Saskatchewan, AB

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#3 posted 08-21-2010 10:34 PM

I say watco butcher block finish, it is food safe and will make your wood pop similar to a wipe on poly finish.

I tried a few different food safe finishes and it worked best especially with the purple heart to keep it purple and not make it welly dark. It seems to actually build a finish unlike mineral oil.

p.s wow

-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables

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#4 posted 08-21-2010 10:35 PM

OH-NOO another crazy cuttingboards -maker has arived on the stage
with wild wild kitchen – art :—)
this is another chapter of the never ending story

thank´s for sharing it with us Erwing it good to see some curves….lol

take care

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#5 posted 08-21-2010 10:36 PM


and I don’t say that lightly. I don’t usually use that kind of language, I’m an atheist.

This is truly masterful. I have been thinking about this kind of pattern for some time, on and off, but never on this scale. Would you please be kind enough to blog this?

Stunned of Devon

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

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#6 posted 08-21-2010 10:51 PM

WOW! I mean just wow… That’s really great. You even included how to stuff! Totally great all around, Thanks.

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#7 posted 08-21-2010 11:59 PM

WOW.. I think the only cutting that board is going to see has already been done to it. Awesome looking.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#8 posted 08-22-2010 12:06 AM

Now you have gone and done it. Welcome to the craziness.
Looks cool. I can only imagine some of the problems you had to solve.

Good job,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#9 posted 08-22-2010 12:36 AM

Yes, we have inventors…creators…designers….yes, yes, yes…impressive.

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#10 posted 08-22-2010 01:31 AM

A very nice cutting board. I agree with everyone that you have done a superb job.

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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#11 posted 08-22-2010 01:40 AM

Thanks for the high praises, they are appreciated.

Some more information that would be helpful to anyone attempting to try this board. Really the key to using the circle cutter is to keep the bit sharp and to use the proper speed. Too fast, it burns the wood, too slow it tears the wood. I find the happy medium is around 500 rpm. Another critical thing is that you must use the pilot bit cause once you cut through the wood it is what holds it in place and prevents it from jamming and breaking both the bit and cutter and maybe you getting hurt in the process. Another important information is to have the work piece securely clamped down, not just clamped, securely clamped. There is an amazing amount of torque generated by the circle cutter that if the work piece is not securely clamped something happens. I was lucky that I bought extra cutters when I bought the circle cutter. Work safe and pay attention to your details. When assembling the board the rings must have a good fit or there will be gaps as you can see on my board if you look closely. That was one of the learning process I went through.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#12 posted 08-22-2010 03:21 AM

Amazing! Looks like crop circles.

-- stay thirsty my friends...

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#13 posted 08-22-2010 04:49 AM

Great piece Erwin. Look forward to the second now. I can neither imagine a knife on it after all that blood, sweat and tears.
This is getting very fun !!
Thank you for the inputs. I´ll make a try after I can work out a 360° gluing. lol

-- Back home. Fernando

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#14 posted 08-22-2010 06:21 AM

I think you’ve got a winner here !!

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#15 posted 08-22-2010 10:51 AM

A CUTTING BOARD ??? Nooooooooooooooo

This is amazing, you cant use it to cut on!
I can understand why it would take so long to do, it really looks very intricate.

-- Theresa,

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