Inlay in Cutting Board

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Project by Picken5 posted 01-13-2011 08:45 AM 1742 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I made this for my wife who is a passionate handbell ringer. It was my first attempt at inlaying. The inlay is quilted maple inlaid into black walnut. I made an inlay template from 1/4” MDF by tracing a photo onto it and cut out the center mostly by hand. Once I was satisfied with the template, I used a router inlay bushing with a 1/8” carbide bit to cut the inlay piece from a thin piece of maple I had. (I actually cut two because there’s one on both sides of the cutting board.) I used the inlay bushing to cut the outline of the inlay into the walnut just slightly shallower than the thickness of the piece I previously cut. Then I switched bushings and bits to finish cleaning out the shallow cut-out in the walnut.

The other woods are purple heart, makore, curly maple, and sycamore.

-- Howard - "Time spent making sawdust is not deducted from one's lifetime." - old Scottish proverb

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#1 posted 01-13-2011 01:07 PM

Cool board. Great job never thought to make a inlay for a cutting board till now.

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

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#2 posted 01-13-2011 03:54 PM

Gorgeous work!

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#3 posted 01-13-2011 05:19 PM

That’s a beautiful board. I’m sure it will never get touched by a knife.

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#4 posted 01-13-2011 05:53 PM

This is another nice cutter. And including the inlay added a nice touch to the board as well. I have to agree with Paul’s comment. I am sure your wife will have a hard time putting this one to use. Again, you chose a nice complimentary set of woods.

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

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#5 posted 01-13-2011 07:56 PM

very nice

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#6 posted 01-14-2011 05:38 AM

Way too pretty to use. Very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#7 posted 12-12-2017 11:46 AM

A lovely board and superb inlay work.

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