Obligatory cutting board #2

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Project by n00b posted 01-08-2011 10:34 PM 1762 views 7 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Having completed my first cutting board, I decided to get more fancy. The result is what you see here. I just got a router table, and I’ve never don anything with mortises, tenons, tongues, grooves, any of those things, so a cutting board seemed like a low-risk way to get started.

I learned a lot: the first time I cut that groove, I found that my glued-up boards were warped like a potato chip. The groove was a mess. So I did a new glue-up, paid attention to the orientation of the boards, and let it rest a while before routing the groove. If you could see the inside of those grooves… let’s just say, it’s novice work.

No matter. I’m learning.

One detail I’m pleased with: If you look closely you’ll see that the board is a bit thinner at the ends, so it’s raised off the table. This is intentional. It makes the surface a bit more organic, and it also makes it easier to pick the board up.

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#1 posted 01-08-2011 11:53 PM

Another unique and beautiful piece n00b. A real gem!

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#2 posted 01-08-2011 11:53 PM

I think you made a really elegant cutting board, and you made a clever choice to practice.
Way to go.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#3 posted 01-09-2011 12:01 AM

i’d say

well done


and pleasing

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#4 posted 01-09-2011 04:02 AM

Well done, I like it.

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

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#5 posted 01-09-2011 05:22 AM

How did you do the button holes?

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#6 posted 01-09-2011 05:42 AM

More elaborate… and nicely done..

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#7 posted 01-09-2011 04:37 PM

I really like this one…. Nothing like having good looking work that you can honestly say
“I learned something on that”.... May have to borrow your design… My bride would love this….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#8 posted 01-09-2011 06:56 PM

Thanks for the feedback! Re: the button holes, I drilled them with a hand drill and a little drill guide from Rockler. And then I discovered that my 1/4-inch rod was considerably larger than my 1/4-inch holes. So I had to sand it down. I wonder if there’s a better solution in that situation? (Apart from buying a 17/64 drill bit for this one use)

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#9 posted 01-09-2011 09:00 PM

that’s not the same tomato that posed in the first cutting board, is it? eat the poor thing!!

I like this one, very nice. What finish?

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#10 posted 01-09-2011 09:30 PM

Thanks! Yes, same tomato. My daughter has since eaten it. :-) The finish is this butcher block oil.

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#11 posted 01-10-2011 05:28 PM

So simple but yet elegant, love the end raise detail as well….BC

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