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Project by HorstPeter posted 11-16-2010 01:52 AM 1523 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Guess I have my obligatory cutting board post now too. It’s made from oak, walnut and maple with wenge veneer as accents in between to add some contrast. I beveled the backside so it seems a bit like it is floating, a look which turned out quite to my liking I have to admit.

It is 26×55cm (about 10×22 inches) and the surface is finished with my trusty Veritas low angle block plane and then had some coconut oil applied. I’m still amazed how nice and smooth a carefully planed surface is. Before I started to get more serious with woodworking, I thought a nicely sanded wooden surface was feeling good. Then I got my Planer and thought “wow, these planed surfaces look really good and shiny, apart from the millmarks”. But then I bought the block plane and was blown away by how shiny and alive the wood got with a few quick and easy strokes. In addition you don’t have to worry about raising any fibres or a horrible lot of dust either. Just thought I’d write out this little bit of appreciation for my handplane, as the project itself isn’t anything much to write about.





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#1 posted 11-16-2010 01:58 AM

That’s interesting with the wenge in there. It makes a nice crisp line between the maple and walnut, adding a bit of extra definition. How did you make the super thin strips of wenge?

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#2 posted 11-16-2010 02:05 AM

@Jonathan
I simply used veneer. Although I did use my handplane to smooth the sides a bit, so that made it a tad thinner than it already was.

EDIT: I just re-read your post and saw that you said between the maple and walnut. There is only wenge between oak and maple and oak and walnut though.

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#3 posted 11-16-2010 02:11 AM

I see. I thought you made the veneer and was wondering how you made it that thin? I’ve done something similar with my drum sander, but the strips weren’t as thin as the wenge you’ve got here. Thanks.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#4 posted 11-16-2010 05:22 AM

Nice looking cutting board.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#5 posted 11-16-2010 12:03 PM

Nice looking cutting board there. i really like how you did the varation of the wood..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#6 posted 11-18-2010 05:22 PM

Great looking board. The veneer strips are such a cool idea. It really turned out nice.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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