Cutting Board...Again

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Project by inmysparetime posted 02-03-2011 09:29 PM 2778 views 8 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my second cutting board and certainly the largest I’ve done. The woods are Sapele, Jatoba, Purpleheart, Maple and Yellowheart. I learned a lot from this because as you can see there was a lot of shifting during the glue-up. Now when I have something that I want aligned I do it in stages. I don’t think there’s a straight line in this board. My parents still like it and it acts more as a tray for the dining room table.

-- Mike from Mass

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#1 posted 02-03-2011 09:44 PM

Great work! That is a beautiful cutting board!

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#2 posted 02-03-2011 09:44 PM

That’s awesome. I really like the stripe and end grain in the design. Great wood choices. Any uneven line only adds visual interest. That is what “hand made” is all about. Great job.

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#3 posted 02-03-2011 09:57 PM

I am Impressed … well done… and a particularly nice design…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#4 posted 02-03-2011 11:33 PM

Nice looking board. Love the design!

-- "My formula for living is quite simple. I get up in the morning, and I go to bed at night. In between, I occupy myself as best I can." -Cary Grant

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#5 posted 02-04-2011 01:06 AM

That looks really nice. Is the whole thing enggrain. now I really want to make one.

-- Couldn't think of anything clever. I LIKE WOOD

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#6 posted 02-04-2011 04:14 AM

Great design on this one!

Looks like your TS alignment is slightly off as well maybe? I find that the learning lessons along the way are invaluable.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#7 posted 02-04-2011 04:32 AM

Really nicely done.

-- Gary, Little River,SC I've Learned that the Lord didn't do it all in one day and neither can I

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#8 posted 02-04-2011 05:49 PM

Looks great. I agree with Wilton, it adds interest. If you parents love it, that is all that matters.

-- Greg, Concordia, Mo

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#9 posted 02-04-2011 06:26 PM

Excellent design. Glue ups can be a pain when trying to align too many joints. Even if it looks like you’re good when clamping, there is always the dreaded subtle shift. I’ve been there before and ended up running a board down the table saw to eat up the misalignments and then re-glueing. Given the number of joints you were working with, you did a great job.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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#10 posted 02-05-2011 04:32 AM

Great design. I had the same issue with an early board I did where the pieces were alternately flipped and it was hard to align all the columns. Turns out the pieces were not cut as precisely as they could have been. Optionally, I could have done the checkered thing by itself then glue that in as an entire piece.

Here’s one where I had the same alignment issues: (you can see it in photo #2)

And here’s a board where I separated the pieces… you can see the lines are pretty straight:

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