Practical Cutting Board

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Project by Ryan posted 04-19-2011 04:22 AM 2923 views 16 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The title says Practical Cutting Board.
Two years ago, I made a big butch block for my wife and now she wants
a little smaller one for easy moving yet practical. She emphasized
the cutting board should not be that fancy like most LJ’s make.
Try to be as plain as possible but I still want to show the touch of woodworker.
Used beech and walnut but could not omit minimal deco, 1/4” thick five petals.
I can promise the next one would be much fancier.

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#1 posted 04-19-2011 04:33 AM

Well, that one is very nice, still a cut above ‘practical’! I’m looking forward to the next one. :)

-- Smitty

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#2 posted 04-19-2011 04:35 AM

less is more a lot of times
great looking board
i like the petals very nice detail !


-- Kiefer 松

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#3 posted 04-19-2011 04:36 AM

It looks very good. The petals are a nice touch. How’d you do those(if you don’t mind me asking)?

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#4 posted 04-19-2011 05:00 AM

I use inlay bit set and home-made template for the petal.
If you use thin veneer for inlay, you cannot do resurfacing.
This petal is 1/4” thick, so I can do resurfacing 2-3 times.

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#5 posted 04-19-2011 05:20 AM

very attractive board. is the end glued in or doweled?? have wanted to try one of these, but not sure how to do it. any hints welcome. thank you

-- wiser1934, new york

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#6 posted 04-19-2011 05:27 AM

Practically perfect !! Great job and it’s nice to see something simply elegant , but useful : )

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

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#7 posted 04-19-2011 05:35 AM

wow this is fantastic! I wish I knew how to inlay like this! Its absolutely gorgeous!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#8 posted 04-19-2011 06:12 AM

End is simple tung and groove and glued in.
I used table saw but router table would be good too.

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#9 posted 04-19-2011 06:18 AM

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#10 posted 04-19-2011 06:27 AM

Plain does not fit this board it’s simplicity is it’s charm. a 12 on a scale of 1-10.

-- Custom furniture

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#11 posted 04-19-2011 12:02 PM

A beautiful board. Nicely done.

-- -Todd

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#12 posted 04-19-2011 12:30 PM

Did you use mineral oil as a finish or what?? Very impressive board Ryan.

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#13 posted 04-19-2011 03:02 PM

Great looking board. You did a great job putting a woodworker’s touch on it. If possible could you show some details behind your petal inlay? My wife would flip if I could do that!

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#14 posted 04-19-2011 04:17 PM

It takes quite a bit of “not so simple” skill and time to make something look simple and yet as elegant as this. Really great job.

-- Hannes, Cape Town, South Africa

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#15 posted 04-19-2011 04:29 PM

This is one great board. Love the inlays as well. Nice colors. Very nice!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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