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Project by alholstein posted 07-26-2012 08:44 PM 1826 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a little different of design than I have posted previously. I have tried to keep the design simple with it functional to be used. I used edge grain design with the idea that the boards are more for cheese or bread boards and not for heavy cutting. I used mahogany for the accent trim as it is very uniform in color and grain to hide the gluing that is done to make up the design. They are finished with mineral oil.

These will be for gifts to friends, with one going as a wedding gift to a friend’s daughter.

-- Al Holstein "I wood do it"

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#1 posted 07-26-2012 08:54 PM

I love the pattern, great work!

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#2 posted 07-27-2012 02:23 AM

i am curious! how did you cut the mahogany out for the inserts?? i love the pattern. would love to make a couple as cheese boards. thanks paul

-- wiser1934, new york

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#3 posted 07-27-2012 02:52 AM

Wiser, I cut the two identical mahogany strips for two outside pieces. Then make the center mahogany strip the same width as a maple strip for the center. It is better if they are a slightly different width, generally a bit thicker. Then cut those two strips into short pieces, I used about an 1 and 1/16 for the length of the maple and mahogany and alternate them with making them in a sandwich with the two outside strips. I make them up as a separate glue up with a lot of clothes pin clamps. The trick to making them fit good is to make the center strip pieces a little longer than the others, that way you can use a clamp from each end to squeeze them together. Then use the pieces to glue as a separate piece for the cutting board.

I cut the pieces for length with my RAS, with a hold down to keep them from flying around.

Good luck and post your pictures.

-- Al Holstein "I wood do it"

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#4 posted 07-27-2012 03:15 AM

Very attractive boards ,love the pattern very simple and elegant .
Beautiful wedding gift with the personal touch !

-- Kiefer

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#5 posted 07-27-2012 03:44 AM

Nicely done.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#6 posted 07-27-2012 04:29 AM

I like the design, and the fact that where end grain is involved in a joint (which of course weakens it) there is an adjacent long grain-to-long grain joint that holds things together. Good job !

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#7 posted 07-27-2012 05:54 AM

Interesting design, very nice

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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