More "scrap wood" projects, a cutting board

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Project by Daren Nelson posted 03-13-2008 12:00 AM 18511 views 3 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have worked with wood for many years, one day hopefully I will get good at it, but never had the occasion to make a cutting board. I was cleaning the shop and came across one piece of maple left over from this project a bench I showed yesterday. I was going to haul it back to the sawmill shed, but thought no I have enough little scraps laying around I will just make something real quick. Since I have never made a cutting board, that is what I did. Nothing fancy, just an excuse to use that jig I linked in the other project.

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#1 posted 03-13-2008 12:16 AM

wow that great. those dovetails look really nice too. just shows what you can make out of some scrap and some patience. keep up the great work.

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#2 posted 03-13-2008 12:19 AM

in that second picture, it looks like those dovetails don’t show on the other side of the board… is that right?
regardless, it is a cool looking board. nice work!

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#3 posted 03-13-2008 12:19 AM

Great job.

I can’t throw out scraps either, I’ll always have a use for them somewhere, especially cut offs like the ones you had. I love the contrasting wood in the dovetails, which were a great choice for the edges.

-- Upstate New York -- Do what you love and never work a day in your life.

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Daren Nelson

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#4 posted 03-13-2008 01:16 AM

No darryl…nobody can see the bottom ;-) They are cut on a 45 angle to show on the side and top where people can see them.

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#5 posted 03-13-2008 01:17 AM

Interesting looking pattern on that one!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#6 posted 03-13-2008 01:31 AM

Hi Daren,

I see you just couldn’t leave well enough alone. You had a nice piece to use for a cutting board but you had to go and put 32 dovetails in it as well.

Seriously, nicely done. The walnut and maple make a nice combination of woods and the dovetails add a nice detail to the piece.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#7 posted 03-13-2008 01:56 AM


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#8 posted 03-13-2008 02:29 AM

That is a unique looking cutting board. I like it.

-- Kevin, Wichita, Kansas

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#9 posted 03-13-2008 02:38 AM

Quite unique. I like the look.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#10 posted 03-13-2008 03:49 AM

Neat idea. It came out very nice looking. I’ve never seen dovetails cut into the side of something like that for decoration.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#11 posted 03-13-2008 08:18 AM

Nice work. I’d like to hear (or see) more about this jig of yours!

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#12 posted 03-13-2008 01:33 PM

Douglas it is a neat little deal (and this is coming from a most often “anti-gadget” guy) There is a sled that rides on your table saw miter gauge. That sled cuts the splines at the perfect angle to match the degree of the router bit you are using, in this case 14. And the sled sets the wood slightly off 90 degrees from the saw blade so the splines are tapered (they are tapped in to the slots, friction fit) Set the table saw blade on the angle of the router bit, put a piece of wood on it and cut out a handful of splines.
The slot cutting jig just clamps on the workpiece and guides the router. I could have gotten fancy and put bigger splines in and then used a smaller router bit and inlayed them with a contrasting wood (did that make sense?).
I attached a picture of the set. The black thing is a corner inlayer (I have not even used it yet, only had the thing for a few days) It goes on the router and cuts a receiving slot with a straight bit for an inlay on the corner of anything. I may have not explained it well, here is were I found it


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#13 posted 03-14-2008 10:10 AM

Nice board Daren. I ordered one of the jigs last night – can’t wait to give it a go. Did your kit come with the bits and router guides, or is that some you already had?

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

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#14 posted 03-14-2008 01:50 PM

My kit came with the 1/2” bit and bearing, yours should too if you bought the whole deal ? From what I can tell the price goes up after today... just like every thing else is :-(. I am raising my lumber prices just a little, gas -etc. are killing me.(and looking hard at my sharpening rates) But unfortunately it is killing my customers too, not good all around.

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#15 posted 04-07-2008 06:41 PM

Nice work

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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