Cutting boards...and a trivet

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Project by dirtybandaid posted 03-27-2011 01:33 AM 2167 views 5 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m a relatively new woodworker, and in the recent cutting board craze I just couldn’t resist trying out some for myself. I made a thinner version of the walnut “quilted” board first, and then made a couple that are about and 1 1/2” thick. The design for the one on the right came from a website my friend sent me from wood magazine:

Finished with just mineral oil. They were lots of fun and ,as usual, they taught me lots of lessons.

The trivet is pecan and walnut, it was meant to be another thinner board, but I messed up and it became a trivet!

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#1 posted 03-27-2011 02:04 AM

Very handsome set of boards. Well done.
I really like trivet. Funny how it came about.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#2 posted 03-27-2011 02:13 AM

Nice work. I really like the mixed Walnut and Maple board0 the second one. Nice save on the Trivet.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#3 posted 03-27-2011 02:22 AM

Nice job – some good looking boards!

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#4 posted 03-27-2011 02:42 AM

how does the walnut and pecan hold up to the heat?

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#5 posted 03-27-2011 03:49 AM

How did the pecan do on the router? Was it rough or could you tell the difference? Nice boards,


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#6 posted 03-27-2011 05:01 AM

Very cool! I like how you spaced the checkers with walnut to give the look of the blocks not touching. I know lots of people are “over” the checker boards and cutting boards in general but I truly appreciate them! Great work!

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#7 posted 03-27-2011 05:07 AM

I haven’t truly put the trivet through the ringer yet, I’m hoping that it’s smaller size will lend itself to even-ish thermal expansion. If it cracks or falls apart with a lot of heat, i’ll let you know…as it’s a salvaged mistake it will make for a good test of concept.

I actually didn’t round that one over because I thought it looked nice and beefy the way it was. however a few days ago i did use a piece of pecan just to check my depth adjustment on a round-over bit and it came out very nice. Nice and smooth and routed about like hard maple does.

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#8 posted 03-27-2011 05:10 AM

The trivet could be a cheese board, very cool all by itself… All are beautiful!

-- Smitty

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#9 posted 03-27-2011 03:09 PM

Nicely done! I also particularly like the trivet design … nice pattern.

-- Bob, Potomac, MD

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#10 posted 03-27-2011 08:08 PM

Fine looking boards. Welcome to LJ’s.

That rivet is good you know.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#11 posted 05-28-2011 07:14 PM

The trivet can take the heat! it’s survived more than a few pots of grits and seems to be holding strong.

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