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Project by AandCstyle posted 11-28-2012 05:59 PM 1803 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this end grain CB as a prototype for a new (at least to me) CB style. I have seen hundreds, maybe thousands, of CBs, but never have I seen one with a name used as the design. I got this idea from a question posted on LJ by someone asking how to incorporate a letter into a CB for his friend. This takes it a step further. I have also seen flat grain CBs with text added using a CNC, but to my knowledge nobody has done this before.

Anyhow, as you can see, I have to do better in a couple areas with the letters, but I am satisfied with it for my first attempt. I know that Abbie will cherish it since it was made just for her by her grandfather. :)

The woods are purpleheart for the trim, white oak for the field and the letters are of walnut. It is approximately 16”x10.5”x1”. I cut the finger holds with a cove bit on the router table. The finish is mineral oil. Please let me know if there are any questions.

-- Art





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Grumpymike

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#1 posted 11-28-2012 06:13 PM

I’m with you, I don’t believe I have ever seen a personalized CB.
I think that you have started a new trend … And remember folks you saw it here first!!
Great build.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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AandCstyle

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#2 posted 11-29-2012 12:19 AM

Mike, thank you. It was fun to design and make.

-- Art

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C_PLUS_Woodworker

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#3 posted 02-25-2015 05:42 PM

Just looked at your projects. Great ideas and craftsmanship.

I am about to start on a ver large cutting board for my wwide. ahe third. She hung the irst two.

Ticked me off …..and I was also complimented.

My guess we both have had people not use gifted CB’d cuz they are “too nice” to cut on.

I am really glad I saw this board with her name in it.

Now I KNOW what board I am going to make.

MICHELE

Those look like all block letters which might help a bit. And I can always square up the “C”.

Probably Rock Maple with PurpleHeart (her favorite).

Best

Bruce

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#4 posted 08-27-2017 05:45 AM

Art. I love this idea and recently was asked to make something like this by 2 people. I have the cutting board designer software but not sure where to start on something like this. I’ve made dozens of random CB’s in semi random or checkerboard style but nothing so precise. Any tips would be helpful. Thanks
Chris

-- Chris

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AandCstyle

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#5 posted 08-27-2017 11:50 AM

Chris, I use Excel and change the size of the cells so they are squares, fill in the appropriate cells to make the name, then tally the vertical strips so you will know how many of each you will need, e.g. in this board I needed 8 strips that were only oak, 6 strips to make the long sections of the letters, 3 strips to make the centers of the B’s and E, 3 strips for the 2 serifs of the I and the right side of the E, 2 strips for the right sides of the B’s and 1 strip for the center of the A. The B’s were a bit tricky on their corners-I cut flat grain walnut and oak at 45* and glued them together, them milled them to size, 3/4” square IIRC. They were the tops of the right strips of the B’s. I should have done more of those for the centers and bottoms of those strips.

Once I knew how many of each strip, I laid those out as panels in CB Designer and the program took it from there. I had some slippage during gluing, look at the E. I cut the “completed” board to even up the bottoms of the letters (you might be able to see that the horizontal parts of the letters are thinner at the bottoms), then glued it back together. One saw kerf was all it needed to get the letter bottoms even. HTH

-- Art

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#6 posted 08-27-2017 01:47 PM

Thanks Art. Very helpful. The one I have to do seems to need 9 different types of strips – thus 9 panels. I’m used to only doing 1 to 2 panels for each board. Looks like a ton of glue ups but I’m willing to give it a shot.

-- Chris

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AandCstyle

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#7 posted 08-27-2017 03:50 PM

Chris, I remembered a couple other things. The strips weren’t all the same length when I made them. I guess because I didn’t run all of the scraps through the planer at the same time. So, I was careful to align the tops of the letters and let everything else fall wherever. Then after the initial glue up, I cut off the bottoms of the letters to make them even as I already mentioned, but I also had to cut off the top and bottom border to get them even. Once these parts were reglued, I cut the outside edges of the border to get them perfectly aligned as well. Therefore, you may need to make the borders a bit wider than you want them to be for the finished board.

-- Art

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