Cutting board repair

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Project by schwingding posted 12-12-2007 04:33 PM 2342 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few months ago my mother in law returned to me, with great sadness and guilt, this cutting board I made for her about 5 years ago. ( for more on making them, I wrote a tutorial and it is at ). It seems “someone” had used it as a hot plate and had burned it.

After going round and round on how to fix it, I decided she’d probably do it again and made it so I pyro’d a pattern into it and left it at that. The pattern is made by a tool with a tip wound very tightly into 3 little circles and stamped, each one at 90 degrees to the other, all over the area. It is my favorite pattern and you’ll see it in all of my pyro’d work.

She’ll get it wrapped back up as an extra Christmas gift.

-- Just another woodworker

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#1 posted 12-12-2007 04:41 PM

Ouch. What a terrible thing to happen to such a nice cutting board. Nice fix though.

-- bryano

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#2 posted 12-12-2007 04:50 PM

I saw the burn and thought – cool design .. and then I read that it was a major “oops”.. I think it is really interesting.
Great save.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#3 posted 12-12-2007 05:33 PM

Nice recovery.. Debbie’s by-line says it all…”Functional WoodArt”

In the last picture the circle almost looks raised? is it?

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#4 posted 12-13-2007 06:48 AM

Great stuff as usual Schwing. I thought it looked good with the mom-in-law pot burn but your save is just terrific. Thanks for sharing.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#5 posted 12-13-2007 07:29 AM

Nice save… and how funny to re-give the gift. Similarly, Mom is getting three paintings I gave her 10 years (11 Christmases!) ago,... after almost 10 years on the floor leaning against the wall, in the closet,... and secretly whisked away to my house, they are FINALLY framed. I thought she’d forgotten about them, and would surprise her a birthday or two ago, but shortly after I took them, she got after Dad about framing them so they could be hung up. I hope she hasn’t noticed they’re missing!...

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#6 posted 12-13-2007 03:06 PM

Thanks folks. It is funny to me how quite a few people have commented that the original burn mark looks like a cool design, but since I didn’t put it there I just cannot get past the fact that it isn’t supposed to be there! I’m sure if I hadn’t made the board I would also see that as a cool design, yet I just can’t get there!

-- Just another woodworker

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#7 posted 12-13-2007 03:36 PM

I had to go back and look at it again—the circle couldn’t have been lined up any better with the lines of the board, making it a design element in our eyes, I think…

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#8 posted 08-03-2008 05:09 PM

I also thought that the burn was part of the design at first and was wondering “how’d he do that ? ” LOL very nice save… : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#9 posted 02-27-2010 10:45 AM

I agree with the others, the original is really cool. has a bit of Japanese art airiness to it.

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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