Going backwards - Cutting Boards

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Figured I would post a couple cutting boards. I put these together quick (I mean really quick) last night for an old friend that needed a couple gifts. This is typical of the designs that I like to do. These are Maple, Walnut and Cherry. They’ll look better once the Cherry darkens a touch. I use slices of wine corks for feet.

For some reason I never get tired of looking at cutting boards on here!

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#1 posted 12-09-2011 07:36 PM

Nice looking pieces. I’m looking to make a cutting board for Christmas as well, but have a few questions – particularly how think would you suggest making this type of board?

I have some 2” cherry, as well as a nice piece of padauk, and some hard and toasted maple that I was thinking of using, but I’m wondering if a 2” thick board might be overkill…whereas I could resaw the cherry and make a book matched 3/4” thick cutting board.


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#2 posted 12-09-2011 07:53 PM

my first board was an end grain 2” thick board. It’s wonderfully stout. I’d say it’s about the upper limit for a normal board though.

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#3 posted 12-09-2011 08:16 PM

Clockett –
I think 2” thick would be fine. The easiest way that I’ve found is to rip them to some random widths.. for the thin accent pieces just put masking tape on the table saw, and cut the pieces you want off the left side of the blade. The tape will make sure they’re the same thickness. A concern with 2” thick stock would be making sure your blade is very square. Then just arrange the pieces into a nice pattern. With 3/4” you get some leway and it will still glue up relatively straight. Also, after gluing, if you have a planer it’s a very quick way to clean up glue lines and get everything flat. Way faster than belt sanding. If you’re going to do something that thick I would also consider cutting a rounded groove hand hold into the ends. It make it easier to move. Remember that the padauk will turn red when oiled (sort of disappointing compared to it’s normally brilliant orange.

If you make it 2” thick make sure the other dimensions also match. But don’t make it too big, when you have it rough sized, bring it inside and make sure it fits on your counter with room behind it for the typical coffee maker or whatever. If you have flatsawn pieces, try to cut out the center because it’s more likely to cup and bend your board. That’s also where the planer comes in handy. Glue up and let sit overnight then plane out any cupping.

Good luck!

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#4 posted 12-09-2011 09:49 PM

I like them alot! Very nice looking. It’s nice to see some every now and then that have a more simple design (instead of all the puzzle type patterns) but elegant design. Nice work.

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#5 posted 12-09-2011 11:50 PM

Slick and neat. I’m with Kelen, some puzzle patterns are over the top. Corks for feet isn’t a bad idea.

-- RollyinFl

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#6 posted 12-10-2011 01:01 AM

your designs are wonderful, they really stand out. Nicely put together.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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