Tightweave Cutting Board for a Silent Auction

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Project by Aaron McCain posted 11-16-2012 05:33 PM 9431 views 20 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
Tightweave Cutting Board for a Silent Auction
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One of the ways that our scout group (pack/troop/team/crew) raises money is to have an annual auction of services and goods. The scouts typically donate services like yard work and try to convince their parents or adult friends to donate good and crafts. My son asked me to help him make a cutting board. I wanted to try another tightweave, so I was all game. It was fun to work together and he was amazed at how it all went together. The board is 16 inches by 12 inches (~40cm x 30cm) and consists of maple, cherry, and walnut.

The thin strip of walnut was done by cutting off a thin veneer of walnut off of a larger piece that has been surfaced. The surfaced side was then glued to the thicker piece of maple and after the glue set was run through the planer until I achieved the flat and thin detail I was going for. This allowed me to avoid working with a real thin piece of wood.

My only regret was that I didn’t get a better picture of it before it was hauled off by a lucky bidder. I took this shot with my phone. Everything went for cheap that night (the winning bidder knew that she got the board for a steal), but the boys raised over $3,000 that night so I guess it was a success.

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#1 posted 11-16-2012 06:26 PM

This is super cool.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's "opinion" on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#2 posted 11-16-2012 07:13 PM

You certainly did well today. Thanks for posting..

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#3 posted 11-16-2012 07:13 PM

I agree it is very cool

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#4 posted 11-16-2012 07:59 PM

Great job. I have done those auctions. It’s best not to think about what it goes for. Just be happy you’ve helped the cause.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 11-16-2012 08:29 PM

That is awesome! You should do a little write up with pictures on how you did it.

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#6 posted 11-17-2012 11:31 AM

Nice job… grain orientation and attention to detail set this apart…job well done..

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#7 posted 11-22-2012 12:35 PM

Awesome job on this! The strips of walnut are add the perfect amount of contrast to make this weave effect pop

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