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Project by Devin posted 02-26-2011 09:29 AM 1472 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend asked me if I could make a bread board for her to give to her mom…I think it was for Christmas, yikes, ok, so it’s late…
Anyway, she offered to pay me, so that would make this my first commissioned piece. ;).

It is made to slide into an existing slot in the cupboards (just under the counter top).
Its about 15×23x3/4, the measurements coming directly from the little slot that the original board had occupied.

I’ve used maple with a couple strips of walnut for interest, the handle came from Lee Valley, I mortised it into the front of the board and carved it a bit so that it felt better to the touch. Also used walnut plugs to cover the screws in the front and back.
As the board is only 3/4” thick, it really wanted to curve, so my original plan of a simple laminated cutting board wasn’t going to work. I had to go with breadboard ends, first time for me. Had to do some reading about the various ways you can add breadboard ends. I decided on a 3/4” deep mortise and tenon with screws in the edge rather than wooden pins through the face on deeper tenons. The center 4” of the the tenon is glued and the two end screws are in slotted holes to allow for a bit of movement.

I did notice that there was about a 1/16th of movement in width just from the humidity difference between my shop and the upstairs of our house. So I’m glad I allowed for the movement, as I imagine an average house will vary by at least that much throughout the year.

Fun little project, got to try my hand at breadboard ends and a bit of carving.
Thanks for looking!

-- If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?





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#1 posted 02-26-2011 10:19 AM

A fine addition to any kitchen, nice detail.

-- Style is simple, but not my execution of it.

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#2 posted 02-26-2011 01:04 PM

Well done : ) Is there any finish on it ?

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

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#3 posted 02-26-2011 08:10 PM

Your first commiissioned piece is beautiful. Great workmanship and nice handle too.

Sharad

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#4 posted 02-26-2011 09:31 PM

Nicely thought out piece of work, and clearly explained. How did you slot the screw holes?

b

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#5 posted 02-26-2011 11:48 PM

Thanks for the comments guys.
Dusty, I’ve just drowned it in mineral oil and will instruct the recipient to do the same, once a day for a week, once a week for a month and once a month for a year…then…as needed ;)
Bob, I used a very precise method for creating the slots. A level of precision that your engineering background will appreciate…I wiggled the drill bit back and forth to elongate the hole :).
D.

-- If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?

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#6 posted 02-27-2011 04:36 AM

A level of precision that your engineering background will appreciate…I wiggled the drill bit back and forth to elongate the hole :).
LMAO !!

Thanks for the finishing technique : )

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

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#7 posted 02-28-2011 01:32 AM

You may be interested to know that on first glance I thought if it’d been my project I’d have located the outboard screws at the 1/4 points – so each screw loaded equally. However when you explained that you’d glued only the middle 4” of the tongue (and why) I realized your screw locations were spot on.

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