Pig Shaped Cherry Cutting Boards

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Project by MadeinGarage posted 01-20-2011 06:52 AM 5289 views 5 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So, since I bought my first tools at Christmas time, I figure my first couple projects will be a little more simple and learning experiments.

Other than simple puzzle and random shapes, one of the first things I made on the scroll saw was some pig shaped cutting boards. I used 3/4” cherry. I had two boards that I glued together then cut out on the scroll saw. They were sanded down to a 220 grit and finished with Watco’s butcher block mineral oil.

So, a couple things that I learned from this:
- The size of your blade is very important. The first pig I cut I used a #5 blade. I had a lot of burn that I needed to sand out and it took a while. I used a #7 on the rest of the pigs and it went a lot better with nicer cuts and hardly any burn.

- I need more clamps. I’ve heard on the site that you can never have enough clamps and man is that true. That’ll come soon.

- Part of my issue in making them is I need to do a better job of joining the wood. I bought wood that had been “smoothed” on one end and assumed that it would be sufficient. I was wrong. While they joined fairly well, if I had taken the time to make sure that they were flat, I would have had better boards.

- Grain and wood color is important. I had two boards that I used. The boards were slightly different in color and some of the pigs ended up with both boards. You can tell a difference. I need to watch for that in the future.

I’ll make more of these, as my wife loved them. I want to finish some with just a mineral oil/beeswax finish instead of the butcher block oil. I’m interested in seeing what that does to the color. I’ll also learn from my mistakes and take it from there.

The scroll saw is a lot of fun and I’m looking forward to trying different things on there. But I actually think my next project will be a golf ball rack.

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#1 posted 01-20-2011 01:33 PM

This one makes me smile.
The apple should be in the mouth…
Best thoughts,

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

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Scott R. Turner

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#2 posted 01-20-2011 04:54 PM

I did a pig-shaped cutting board for my wife, who coveted one her mother had. I painted the edge a bright red, which gave it a nice “country” feel.

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#3 posted 01-20-2011 05:34 PM

Good Job! I am making similar ones for my wife and her sisters as birthday presents this year. Last year it was spoons, next year maybe french rolling pins.

Steve Good has a great pattern for a paper towel holder for scrollsawing in the catalog on his site @ It’s another great kitchen item for the scrollsaw that you might enjoy making.

-- "Measure twice, cut once, count fingers"

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#4 posted 01-20-2011 06:18 PM

Scott, I like the idea of painting the edge. I might have to try that on some.

Bill, I’ll have to check out the blog. I’ve seen it before, but haven’t pulled anything off it yet.

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#5 posted 01-20-2011 07:18 PM

One tip I have for not burning cherry while you cut is to put clear packing tape over the wood before you cut. (some put it on top of the pattern, others under it, either way it will work). If you haven’t tried it yet you should. I have been amazed on more then one occasion with this.
Recently I made a clock out of cherry. I used packing tape and was almost done with it and had no burning. Then I decided to make one more cut on the base. It was a simple cut that i drew right on the wood so I didnt put any tape on it. I got about 1 inch into the cut and my blade was smoking and burning bad. I stopped and put tape on the rest of the cut and finished with out any more burn marks.

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#6 posted 02-05-2011 07:48 PM

Well looking at your pig I’d say you are off to a good start. I like it. There are so many great scroll saw artist on this site you’ll never get to see them all, just too many. Buy the way I’m not one of them, but I love to see what they make. I have some of them on my buddy list and there are more commenting on a blog I wrote about a bowl made on the scroll saw.
It’s good to have another fellow Texan on the site. I recently moved up to east Texas from down south and I can tell you I’m about to freeze to death up here. I like to tell some of my northern friends that it gets cold in Texas too. And that I don’t mind the winter, all three days of it. That doesn’t seem to be the case this year. Stay warm, cut lots of wood, you’re doing a good job.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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