Simple Cutting Boards

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Project by Andy posted 07-22-2011 04:47 PM 3675 views 19 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just a few serving or cutting boards to give away.

I was rushed this morning and had little time for writing any details, so here goes.

1-The first board is from a solid Bamboo panel that I resawed and added some thin strips of maple and purpleheart. Then I took forstener bits and drilled in about 3/8” and inserted some plugs in 3/8 and 5/8 width.
The plugs are wenge,maple, purpleheart and bloodwood.

2- 3- the second and third boards are the style we use most often for cheese, tomatos etc..The first one is walnut and the second one is myrtlewood, both have an inlay of bloodwood and wenge.

4- The last one is cherry with a kind of zig-zag inlay strip of alternating purpleheart and maple. The stripes are walnut, mahogany, maple and purpleheart. I just bent a thin strip of maple to get the shape on the ends. The finger hole is more for a design element than anything and on this one I simply bored the 1 3/4” hole and ripped the board in two through that section, in effect removing one side of the hole and then sandwiched athe maple strip between the two halves, just to be different.

I just make these up as I get the urge and draw them to suit the function as well as ethetics. They are a great way for me to get into the shop before work in the morning, about 5:30, rip some strips of scraps of varying width and laminate with a contrasting wood, unclamp and plane when I get home, punch some holes and plug them with what looks good, sand and oil…pretty nice way to spend a few hours.
I use a food grade oil and recoat as needed.

These make nice hostess gifts when we are invited for dinner, etc…
There are people that still prefer plastic boards (after all the misinformation about wood harboring bacteria), and I avoid the subject if possible, but offer that these work great for a serving tray too.

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#1 posted 07-22-2011 05:08 PM

Great designs Andy and nice looking wood. Somebody is going to get a terrific gift!

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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Kent Shepherd

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#2 posted 07-22-2011 05:10 PM

Simple???? Well, I guess 2 of them are.

Great job.


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#3 posted 07-22-2011 05:16 PM

Hi. A somewhat unusual design. So looks beautiful.

-- Elhan, Azerbaijan

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#4 posted 07-22-2011 05:16 PM

Nice! Could you give me some hints on how you made that first one? I like the line of circles.

I don’t live too far from you – I’m up in Eugene.

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#5 posted 07-22-2011 05:20 PM

Yes sir Mr. Andy….you do good work!

-- Steve, Carrollton, TX

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#6 posted 07-22-2011 05:45 PM

Your cutting/serving boards are works of art just like your boxes, Andy! Is the first one bamboo? Is it hard to get the strips saw/cut and cluing them together? Which glue did you use for it? The circles: were they drilled, filled with dowels, flat sawed and sanded? I like the way you did them.

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#7 posted 07-22-2011 05:48 PM

One man’s simple, another man’s simply gorgeous.

-- Beth, Oklahoma, Rambling Road Designs

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#8 posted 07-22-2011 06:03 PM

Simply COOL…

The ones with handles are for Pizza… right?


-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#9 posted 07-22-2011 06:55 PM

Thanks everyone. I added some info at the top if your interested.
Elizabeth- Hi neighbor! The line for the circles was made by simply bending a thin inlay strip to where it looked about right and marking with a pencil, then ticked off some marks spaced by eye for the plug locations, and bored holes about 3/8" deep in both 3/8 and 5/8 widths, and tapped in some contrasting plugs I have on hand for such notions.
LittlePaw – Yes, its bamboo and I ripped off some side strips from one edge and sandwiched some thin strips of contrasting wood.
@ Joe- Small pizza maybe :-) They are about 6” wide and 16” long, the handle takes up about 6” of that.

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#10 posted 07-22-2011 07:15 PM

Andy you are a true craftsman and have quite a sense of design.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#11 posted 07-22-2011 08:25 PM

God job

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#12 posted 07-22-2011 08:35 PM

I wouldn’t say simple, they are definitely great boards…

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#13 posted 07-22-2011 08:51 PM

Some great looking gift boards.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#14 posted 07-22-2011 09:26 PM

Andy you make me look like an amateur… you do great work on every thing you try…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#15 posted 07-22-2011 09:48 PM

I like these, simple (maybe not for me!) and artistic.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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