Parquet Cutting Board

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Project by SPalm posted 11-26-2010 05:53 AM 7897 views 29 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have about 5 irons in the fire with other projects but I just had to build something. And boards give me instant satisfaction.

This design has been rolling around in my head for a while now, so I decided to try it. It was made with strips of walnut, cherry, ash, and maple. I really like the steps effect created by the walnut. Not easy to see is another set of steps of maple. I really thought they would show up more and add to the effect. I guess the maple does not stand out enough. I probably should have switched the positions of the cherry and maple.

I ripped the strips and thicknessed them to about 3/8 inches. One of each type was glued into sticks. I used cauls made of jointed 2×4s to keep them flat while drying. It worked great, as previous attempts at this always ended up with slightly curved assemblies. Packing tape was used on the cauls to keep the glue from sticking.

I then cross cut the sticks into blocks that were the same size in both length and width. I used the same jointed 2×4s for the board glue up. I clamped two of them to the bench at a right angle with a plastic sheet underneath. The blocks were rolled with glue and built up from the lower left corner until complete.

A couple of trips through the sanding stations made her flat. A couple coats of mineral oil followed by a wax-oil mixture made her pretty.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#1 posted 11-26-2010 05:55 AM

Very will done. I really like this one.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#2 posted 11-26-2010 06:04 AM

Another fantastic board design !!

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

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#3 posted 11-26-2010 06:13 AM

Yet another stunner…

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#4 posted 11-26-2010 07:10 AM

Nice Steve, you could pass for a rocket surgeon with me.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#5 posted 11-26-2010 07:26 AM

Very nice design. Thanks for solving my “curved assembly” problem.

You brain seems to be quite wired for spacial design, have you thought about a simple way to produce a hollow cubes board?

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#6 posted 11-26-2010 07:43 AM

Beautiful man! I love how you can just whip this kind of thing out. I’m still playing with my new CNC router table I built. It’s a blast too.

Happy Thanksgiving!

-- Lovin' sawdust in beautiful Fort Collins, Colorado

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#7 posted 11-26-2010 11:15 AM

Nice pattern

-- Dreaming patterns

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#8 posted 11-26-2010 11:46 AM

Good job. You’re always raising the bar with each board you do. You’re right about the maple, it is hard to see. I guess the walnut is so bold, it draws your eye towards that. Either way, they’re still visually stunning. Keep ‘em coming.

-- I'm a Fungi --

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#9 posted 11-26-2010 11:53 AM

Another great dsign, Rolling in your head aye? There can’t extra room up there with all the ideas you are always coming up with, LOL….. As always Steve Great Work!!!!!!! I have 4 projects going as well, but I think after I get off work in the morning and start my 4 days off a new cutting board is in the works! Have a great weekend!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#10 posted 11-26-2010 02:43 PM

Awesome – what a great way to use up the “scrap” pieces we all have!

Great design – I’m gonna have to borrow that one some day…... some day…. ;-)


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#11 posted 11-26-2010 02:51 PM

Got your Mojo back in style, I see. Nice one, Steve. Fun Glue up by the looks of it.

Any hints for the other project ideas???

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

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#12 posted 11-26-2010 02:56 PM

Great work – and a lot of work too!!

-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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#13 posted 11-26-2010 03:07 PM

Steve, that cutting board is very special and you did a wonderful job on it.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#14 posted 11-26-2010 03:21 PM

Thanks people. I have been reaching for my mojo, but it keeps running away. I try to snag it as it rushes by.

I have been trying to add some CNC work into cutting boards. As in CNC intarsia. There is a large scale MDF flower kind of thingy laying there in one of the glue up pics. I suck at artistic things, so we will see.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#15 posted 11-26-2010 07:24 PM

Yet another great design by steve. I dig it. Thanks for posting.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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