Cityscape Serving Board

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Project by Andy posted 03-29-2012 01:28 PM 2938 views 12 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

An Art Deco style board using a common design element of the 1930’s. The skyline of buildings is often repeated in one form or another.

The close up shows the various angles cut at the top of the laminations, about 15, 22.5 and 45 degrees.

The last picture shows a simple way to work with staggered pieces like this:
This layup requires care so as not to get glue on the exposed sides and to keep all the pieces from slipping out of alignment when clamping. I placed all the parts in their exact locations and clamped them together, then I bored a 1/8” hole into each side at the bottom and pinned all the pieces together with a bamboo skewer, but a brass pin, roofing nail will work too. When all the pieces were coated with glue I slid the skewer in each side and added clamps. It worked very well. I trimmed the bottom off where the pins were, but you could add a few more for decoration along the sides if you wanted. (This was done before the sides were tapered, which made it easier to clamp, thats why the cutoff is wider than the finished board.)

The woods are maple for the center, bloodwood for the stripe and the first two strips followed by mahogany and walnut on the outside which has a taper cut into it. The tapered shoulders is another element used in various ways in Art Deco, it adds a little action to the piece.

I am trying out Yak Butter for the coating, I will let you know how that works out.

This will be going in my wifes shop or on her website at Winefinity.
Thanks for looking.

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

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#1 posted 03-29-2012 01:43 PM

Beautiful, Andy. and Thanks for the tip on the skewers to hold the glue-up in line! That could work in many applications.


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#2 posted 03-29-2012 01:48 PM

Andy, as always your projects are perfect! looks great and has some real apeal to it. Get work. Hope all is well.

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

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#3 posted 03-29-2012 01:50 PM

Wonderful piece and thanks for the tip also.

-- Carpe Diem

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#4 posted 03-29-2012 01:57 PM

That is really cool Andy, I love the Art Deco flair you are putting on the cutting boards. Makes for a very cool board.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#5 posted 03-29-2012 02:17 PM

Nice work, Andy.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#6 posted 03-29-2012 02:20 PM

Great idea and unique.As always good job.

-- Custom furniture

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#7 posted 03-29-2012 02:23 PM

I do like the design. ;-J

-- Joe in Pueblo West, Colo.

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#8 posted 03-29-2012 02:36 PM

Nice serving board! I began to wonder if the design might be improved with a 1/8” maple strip between the darker wings, but now think the unstated nature of the transitions works well.
Nice work. Great idea to ease the glue up.

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#9 posted 03-29-2012 02:45 PM

Great work!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#10 posted 03-29-2012 03:29 PM

Super work and design Andy. Your alignment method would work well in a lot of different situation. Thanks for educating us a little on the art deco aesthetics/elements. Please do more of this in the future if you wish. It’s always interesting. Thanks for your continuing efforts to spread your knowledge and skills to us.

I had some fun looking at your wife’s wine site too. Looked good.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 03-29-2012 03:47 PM

well i would feel pretty comfortable if i had to yak on the board…but good idea..i imagine if you were to mix the yak and hamster milk…you might get a finish no one can touch…or would want to…lol..i love the shape, a cool theme, how are your boards being received at the shop, are they selling..,,these are great quality boards and with your artful style they would be welcome in many homes…great work andy…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#12 posted 03-29-2012 04:47 PM

Thanks everyone!
Ratchet-I think another contrasting strip would work as well, I was a little disappointed that the mahogany and bloodwood blended so well.
Mike- I will keep trying new ideas in this style and if they look good enough I will post them here. Glad you like the pieces.
@ Grizzman- I sold one board, the first day it was offered, the others havent been posted on the website yet and the shop will not open for about another week.
I will keep you posted.
I have always given my work away, which I still do, but am giving this a try.

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

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Kent Shepherd

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#13 posted 03-29-2012 04:54 PM

Love the combination of wood.

Nice work—of course!


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#14 posted 03-29-2012 11:45 PM

That’s another nice one Andy. I found the same technique helpful with the skewers a few weeks ago. Yes, it sure beats trying to align them the old fashioned way.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#15 posted 03-30-2012 02:47 AM

Nice board again Andy .
I like the glue up technique also ,great tip .
Keep them coming !
PS: I see you have the same font change problem I had last night ,any idea why ?

-- Kiefer

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