Ulu knife Cutting Board

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 12-13-2011 05:02 PM 7571 views 4 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This an old project that I never loaded on LJ’s. I made it before I was on Lumberjocks and maybe before Al Gore invented the internet!!! It has a lot of miles on it!!
It is a curved cutting board to match the shape of the Ulu knife we bought in Alaska and has storage for the knife. It is not the best knife. It is a souvenir type with a fake antler handle, but it cuts pretty good if I keep sharpening it. I made this board before I had a good band saw or a spindle sander. I laid out the curve and fed it through the table saw with the blade at varying heights to rough our the shape. Then I finished with with a belt sander using the knife for the radius gauge.
It is made of maple and walnut and finished with Behandla salad bowl finish. It has been washed a lot and I’m surprised it is still together. This was made before Titebond III was out. Maybe if it breaks, I can add a touch of Degoose to the next one!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 12-13-2011 05:36 PM


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#2 posted 12-13-2011 06:08 PM

That is pretty cool. It seems like the contour of the board would help keep the chopped pieces centered on the board for additional chopping.

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#3 posted 12-13-2011 06:25 PM

Cool. That is pretty cool.

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#4 posted 12-13-2011 06:39 PM

That’s pretty neat.
You should make a new handle for that knife though.

Fun to see something that has had a lot of use.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#5 posted 12-13-2011 07:06 PM

My daughter gave me one of those knives a few years ago after a Alaska trip. I always wondered what it was exactly. Thanks for posting. Now I’m probably going to have to make one of those boards too.

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#6 posted 12-13-2011 07:13 PM

Here is a photo of mine. Now to get to work on that board.

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#7 posted 12-13-2011 08:30 PM

Wow, pathpounder, that is a great knife. What is the handle made from?
I’ll bet the steel in it is better than the one I bought.
They are just great for chopping apples when you make a pie or for vegetables. The drawback is that it is kind of small. You might want to make one a little longer- like 8-10 inches to hold more cut stuff!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#8 posted 12-13-2011 09:39 PM

When I first looked at your board I was like that’s a funny board . When I saw the knife in the second picture then I saw light!

Great job!

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#9 posted 12-13-2011 10:45 PM

Multiple of uses for this one Jim. nice job, great lookingh board

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#10 posted 12-13-2011 11:36 PM

Old but nice!
It is a fine curved board.
I have one of these knifes also, but do not use it a lot, even it is really nice for spices and so that need a fine cutting, I think I will try more now.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#11 posted 12-13-2011 11:38 PM

Jim, I’m not really sure what the handle is. My daughter said she bought it in a junk shop so I don’t know much about it. Could be just a tourist item but the steel does seem good. I’ll take your advice on making a larger board. However I do like your spot for the Ula storage.

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#12 posted 12-13-2011 11:40 PM

Nice Job Jim

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#13 posted 12-14-2011 12:05 AM

That’s a nice board. Great idea. But, I think you meant to say “ulu”. And you’re right about how it is, to actually use it, since what you bought is meant as a souvenir.

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#14 posted 12-14-2011 01:13 AM

Another good one Jim.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#15 posted 12-14-2011 04:02 AM

Hi Jim
I really enjoy these Eskimo knifes and in Canada’s north we spell them ulu .
Here is my version which was made 20 years ago and has been used in our kitchen since then .
Made from a saw blade and rosewood with brass fittings .

I have to make a cutting board for this like your ,never thought of that shape ,we just use our regular board.

Thanks for bringing this to LJ’s as it seem to be a unknown knife which is a shame .


-- Kiefer

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