Cutting board and tray

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Project by BB1 posted 03-13-2018 01:22 PM 508 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project provided for a lot of “learning experiences.”  I decided I wanted to try an end grain cutting board so I purchased some maple that I thought would be a good option.  Learned how to create a little jig to smooth the top with my router (still lot to learn on that task as I am not fully satisfied with the end result). 

I didn’t really have enough of the maple for a full-size board; ended up pretty small (bit over 9×5).  Decided I would turn it into a cheese board with a spot for crackers, etc to the side.  This led to further “learning” in make the recess for the two bowls.  Made a crude template from some hardboard and am pretty happy with how that turned out.  For the base that holds the board, I made MANY repeat cuts on my table saw which provided for the grooved base.  Not really the intent but decided to make it a “design feature.”

Had issues with the shellac (too heavy) for the walnut frame so sanded it all off and reapplied some spray-on shellac which looks ok.  The board is finished with Howard’s Cutting Board Oil and the Butcher Block conditioner.  Wew…long journey for such a little project!  

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#1 posted 03-13-2018 01:39 PM

might have been a long journey ….but sure does look very nice ….GREAT JOB :<))


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#2 posted 03-13-2018 02:02 PM

Nice and unique combination.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 03-13-2018 03:03 PM

Very cool, nice functionality!

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#4 posted 03-13-2018 04:33 PM

A lot of places to go wrong but it seems you made it through it all just fine!

What inspired the table saw cuts on the bottom? Were you trying to thin out the board or get a particular look to the surface?

Either way, I think it looks great!

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#5 posted 03-13-2018 05:26 PM

GR8HUNTER, majuvla, and Fiddy – thank you for the nice comments

Splintergroup – the cuts on the bottom were to create a lower area to hold the cutting board. Have yet to use my dado set in my new saw so just did a lot of cuts! Thanks.

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#6 posted 03-13-2018 06:42 PM

A very nice set!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#7 posted 03-13-2018 08:06 PM

This is a very nice cutting board.

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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#8 posted 03-13-2018 08:32 PM

Great design

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#9 posted 03-14-2018 12:18 AM

Ralbuck, helluvawreck, and mcoyfrog – thanks for your nice comments!

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#10 posted 03-14-2018 02:25 AM

That is the first one I’ve seen. Nice work on it!! Good design.


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#11 posted 03-14-2018 02:55 AM

Thanks…this is one of those projects that included a LOT of time sitting and staring at various combinations, trying to figure out a plan that would work with what I had on hand.

That is the first one I ve seen. Nice work on it!! Good design.


- Jim Jakosh

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#12 posted 03-14-2018 02:06 PM

Wow, you did great. Love how you showed the process. Congratulations on pick of the day!!

-- CurleyJoe, In Southern Indiana

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#13 posted 03-14-2018 03:49 PM

Thanks. There were a number of misteps! For example, I was originally going to have this design (paper cut to the size of the cutting board which was in the process of having the oil applied)

But, I messed up my routered depression so that ended up as a picture frame

Instead, I went with designing the tray that is in the final pics. My husband just laughs…I’m getting better at using my mistakes in other projects so no waste of that beautiful walnut!

Wow, you did great. Love how you showed the process. Congratulations on pick of the day!!

- Joe

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