A Plaid Cutting Board

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Project by Aaron McCain posted 12-13-2011 06:50 PM 7022 views 14 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was playing around with checkerboard patterns on google sketchup and kind of bored with how they looked. I tried to break them up with a 1/4 inch runner. Then I rotated every other group of four and this plaid pattern popped out at me. I figured that I should try it, but it made me a little bit nervous to cut and glue many pieces instead of just strips like I have tried up to this point. I watched the video posted by degoose about 20 times where he glued up his open weave lazy larry and then practiced moving the pieces around a few times. My wife came out and helped me with the glue up and we got it done in less than 10 minutes! I had planned to make it bigger, but an error in reading the tape measure made the board thicker than I had intended and yielded 4 fewer groups of four. Oh well. The end size is about 12.5” x 12.5” Woods are maple, cherry, and walnut.

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#1 posted 12-13-2011 06:57 PM

Cool lokking board, nice pattern. One thing if it is a gift, you need to make sure that who is getting doesn’t have a nut allegery the walnut could set off.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#2 posted 12-14-2011 02:59 AM

Nice work, something a bit different is what makes this fun!

-- Smitty

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#3 posted 12-14-2011 03:32 AM

Well done… glad the video we need to se a harlequin pattern…

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#4 posted 12-14-2011 04:35 AM

Good looking pattern. You did a great job at aligning the pieces. Larry’s a great teacher.

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

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#5 posted 12-14-2011 09:51 AM

Hi Aaron

First, a lesson in Scottish terminology: a “plaid” is a cloak-like garment worn over the shoulder and is made of wool woven in the wearer’s tartan. “Tartan” is a weaving pattern used to identify a particular clan.

That said, is this the tartan of clan McCain? :)

Nice job, and you beat Larry to the punch! :)


-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#6 posted 12-14-2011 11:49 AM

Well done.

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

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#7 posted 12-14-2011 05:10 PM

Nicely done. It has a refreshingly clean, crisp look to it! Nice choice of woods.

-- Paul, Auburn, WA

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