"Doppler" cutting board

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Project by lumberjoe posted 08-13-2012 01:12 PM 2771 views 6 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This pattern kind of reminds me of the way a Doppler radar moves when it scans, thus the name. I think it came out really cool. It took a lot of cutting, very careful gluing, and a lot of planning. This is hard maple and walnut. The finished dimensions are 24” long, 18” wide and 1 1/8” thick. It’s a little on the thin side, I really had to sand this one down. Every time I wiped it down with mineral spirits after sanding, the walnut would “stand up” and I had to sand it again.

Finish is mineral oil, followed by a mineral oil and bees wax mixture. The finish was still wet in the second picture and had not been buffed yet, this board really shines. I also put a 3/8” round over on the top edge. You can see it in the second picture. Also I think the discoloration on that thin strip of maple looks really cool, so I made sure it was an end piece.


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#1 posted 08-13-2012 01:45 PM

You should put numbers according the the thickness you want,it would makes it easier to slice bread or salami then you could order the thickness you want by number.
Nice work.

-- Bert

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#2 posted 08-13-2012 02:07 PM

Jumberjoe, I think it’s a very appealing cutting board. Kudos! The bright maple and the deep walnut are terrific.

I’ve seen boards that highlight end grain – and others that highlight side grain as your cutting board does. I think the side grain cutting boards are often more attractive – is there a downside to using side grain?

-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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#3 posted 08-13-2012 02:17 PM

Bert, I just cut the maple and walnut borcore moving the fen e for the next cut. I did number them before I glued them though. Mike, I like this one a lot. End grain lasts a lot longer and is easier on your knives than a long grain board.


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#4 posted 08-13-2012 02:39 PM

Joe, this was a joke, sorry if it was bad.
Where I go buy my bread , they slice it for me and they have a similar device to chose how thick the customers want they slice to be.

-- Bert

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#5 posted 08-13-2012 04:08 PM

It would be awesome if I could tell my table saw the same thing


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#6 posted 08-13-2012 04:12 PM

Good looking cutting board !

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

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#7 posted 08-13-2012 04:36 PM


-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#8 posted 08-13-2012 06:18 PM

Nice side grain board. I made 2 end grain of same design. All you have to do is cut them again and re-glue. Hard to get alignment though.

-- Phil Zoeller louisville, KY

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#9 posted 08-14-2012 12:42 AM

I suck at gluing end grain boards so far. I want to get a few simple ones under my belt first. This was going to be end grain (which is why I made it 2 feet long) but the two I made this far has been a disaster


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#10 posted 08-14-2012 01:04 AM

I really like that design. The board came out great.

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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#11 posted 08-14-2012 01:27 AM

Thanks Chuck. I’m going to make a few more of these I think. I was was really fun and when it came time to apply finish, it was very satisfying to see that walnut darken and contrast against the shiny maple


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#12 posted 08-14-2012 09:48 PM

very nice work, I like the end grains and the possibilities you can encounter with it, beautiful work….this could be your “niche” problem has always been glue squeeze-outs…sigh..never see it until its too late to clean up when wet ? DUH !

-- the dumbest question is the one you dont ask !!

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#13 posted 08-14-2012 09:54 PM

inspirational, I’m going to try one


-- Danny, Houston, TX

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#14 posted 09-13-2012 02:51 PM

Hey Joe,

I’m just catching up on your projects and I have got to say that I really like this cutting board. I’m one of those people who likes the universe to be ordered and this fits right in! It’s a simple design with basic wood choices but it really pleases me. Very well done sir!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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