Cutting Board

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Project by wwnovice posted 2445 days ago 1442 views 4 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend asked me to make a cutting board that had a handle built into the wood, and this was the result. I thought I’d post it, since I haven’t seen that many boards with a handle like this. Woods are maple, cherry and purpleheart. Dimensions are 19” x 12” x 1”.

-- John

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#1 posted 2445 days ago

Very nice, I like the contrast.

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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#2 posted 2445 days ago

Nice. Cutting boards are on my list of projects to make, the more I see the sooner I’ll get started.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#3 posted 2445 days ago

Great looking cutting board John. Nice design and the wood is great.

-- Greg Mitchell--Lowell,

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#4 posted 2445 days ago

Nice board, How did you router in the groove around the edges? Did you use a jig of sorts?

-- Al Holstein "I wood do it"

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#5 posted 2445 days ago

Great looking board. Nice job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#6 posted 2444 days ago

Very nice! I keep saying I’m going to do one of these….

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 2444 days ago

Nice looking cutting board – you friend should be plaesed.


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

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#8 posted 2444 days ago

I am wondering the same thing Al asked. How did you tackle the groove? Straight-edge guide or framing jig? I tried a groove on an end-grain cutting board and won’t try that again. The end-grain doesn’t play nice. Nice job.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#9 posted 2444 days ago

Cool, a racing stripe!

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#10 posted 2443 days ago

Thanks to all for the compliments.

Al and Jeff – For the groove, I used a piece of scrap wood a little higher than the thickness of the board, as a makeshift fence to guide the router base. I used spacers the same thickness as the board to control the distance from the fence. The distance was the same for 3 of the sides – I just had to adjust it on the side where the handle is. I moved the router from left to right – no stops, just used pencil to mark the stop points, and did it by eye. I had to rotate the board and repeat the process for each side.

I’ve seen people use templates to accomplish the same thing, and I’m probably going to take the time to make for the next cutting board(s).

-- John

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Dan'um Style

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#11 posted 2436 days ago

beautiful piece. the grain stripes are really cool. very well balanced

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#12 posted 2350 days ago

very nice cuttingboard. i like the use of the different woods. great job.

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#13 posted 2349 days ago


I don’t know how I missed this one when it was originally posted but I am glad it came back up on my list. This is a nice cutting board. The wood selection creates nice contrasts and work well together. Maple and cherry are my favorite combination but the purple heart adds some nice visual interest to the board.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#14 posted 2267 days ago

this is certainly a beautiful board…..very nice handle as well….I have had a few requests for paddle style handles and also just a hole to hang the board from but nothing this fancy yet…Great job…what have you used for finish on it ?

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

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#15 posted 2266 days ago

Thanks Dusty. I used a finish of mineral oil and beeswax.

-- John

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