A couple of more cutting boards

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I’ve made a few more of these 24” long by 12” boards with the handles and drip groove. This seems to be a really popular design. These are both made out of cherry and walnut. I need to start paying attention to grain colors better as I should have mixed the walnut a little better on the one on the left. The problem is before it’s sanded and before it’s finished the differences in grain color don’t stand out as much. The cherry sure did come out nice. Since I have a lot more cherry than I do walnut I’ll probably make a lot more like the one on the right which is mostly cherry with the highlight strips of walnut.

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#1 posted 12-12-2012 07:30 PM

This is spectacular… love the juice groove and the shape of the handles… be interested in a blog on how you did that… as I am sure will many others… cheers and thanks for posting… keep up the great work…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#2 posted 12-12-2012 07:40 PM

Are these being made with your cnc? Very nice design and with a template could burn through all that wood in no time.

-- Kenny

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#3 posted 12-12-2012 07:40 PM

degoose, I did it on my Legacy CNC machine. Yeah, it’s cheating, but the machine does a great job. I just make a 12” by 24” blank glue up, run it through the planer to smooth it all up, and then put it on the CNC. It only takes one blade change. The groove is cut with a Barley Twist bit and the the handles and the board is cut out with a 3/8” two flute straight bit. Then I pull it off the CNC use my router with a 1/4” roundover but to smooth all the sharp parts and then off to sanding and finishing.

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#4 posted 12-12-2012 08:03 PM

Cool! Cutting boards with Racing Stripes! Mikey likes it!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#5 posted 12-12-2012 08:06 PM

Those are beautiful! CNC may be cheating, but I would sure use it if I had one. I have been working on a few boards with handles, and I just rough cut it with my bandsaw/jigsaw and sand to the lines with a spindle sander. It takes a long time but works well enough.

-- Rex

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#6 posted 12-12-2012 08:37 PM

The CNC does make it nice. I cut these at fairly slow speeds since they are hardwood. For the groove the machine makes two passes and for the cuts all the way through the board it takes five passes. That takes about 20 minutes on the machine to complete, but the nice thing is while it’s working I’m off doing other things.

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#7 posted 12-12-2012 08:39 PM

Mike, I didn’t think of racing stripes, but it does kind of look like that. After the Christmas season when I have more time to play around, the CNC also does a very nice job of doing inlays. So I could make an all cherry board with a racing number in walnut on the board too for Nascar fans. I’ll have to check, but I don’t think they would be able to Copyright just the number alone, so I should be okay, as long as I don’t use “Nascar” or any racer names when trying to sell it.

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#8 posted 12-12-2012 08:46 PM

Those are fantastic!

-- "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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#9 posted 12-13-2012 01:55 AM

love the boards. great work!

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#10 posted 12-13-2012 02:25 AM

mark, these definitely live up to your ‘custom wood crafts. A CNC is not cheating! It’s production work. If you were making one of a kind, then it might be. Nice work. Good use of all of that wood you have.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#11 posted 12-13-2012 02:44 AM

Nice job Mark. The middle one is my favorite. Was the lumber 4/4 thickness to start?

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#12 posted 12-13-2012 02:54 AM

I think the “racing Stripe” thing has potential, but then again that is my opinion… either way I like them!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#13 posted 12-13-2012 03:23 AM

Randy, most was 4/4 but some was 5/4. If you look at the two center walnut pieces in the board on the left, they were 5/4.

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#14 posted 12-13-2012 03:38 AM

I really love your layout design on these.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#15 posted 12-13-2012 04:17 AM

Thanks Monte. It’s nice to be able to design things like this on the computer. This design is really functional too. Cut up the food in the kitchen and just carry the cutting board and food straight to the table.

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