I bought a Christmas ham... and had nothing to cut it on!

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Project by ellen35 posted 12-19-2012 03:40 PM 1293 views 1 time favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So this weekend, I bought a ham for Christmas dinner and realized I had nothing to cut it on! First I measured the ham! Then I went into the shop and looked around and found a 1×4 piece of curly maple that I got at one of the Borg stores. I also had some walnut left over from another project. I now have an 18×12 cutting board for that ham and who knows what else! The whole project (minus waiting for the glue to dry) took less than 2 hours. I have struggled with juice grooves for a long time but knew there had to be an easier way than using a router and an edge guide. Well, I was right! I used my router table with a bull nose bit and stops on either side of the fence and got near perfect (OK, perfect) results! There was very little cleanup on the corners and it was so simple to set up the stops and distances. I must say (humbly), I just love this board!
Thanks for looking and Happy Holidays to everyone.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#1 posted 12-19-2012 03:45 PM

I love it too Ellen, A cool design and thanks to your super skills a quick one too. Enjoy your ham and you and your family have the very best Christmas ever.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 12-19-2012 03:48 PM

Ellen, I’ve seen a lot of boards and many with fancy end grain designs. I have to admit that this is the one I’d have for my house. Super nice looking.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#3 posted 12-19-2012 03:56 PM

Your useual great work. Enjoy the ham and the holidays!

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#4 posted 12-19-2012 03:58 PM

Interesting story. Lovely output.

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#5 posted 12-19-2012 04:15 PM

well you finally got to ’ham it up’
for yourself !

great board

take a bow while the cheers are still ringing

happy days

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#6 posted 12-19-2012 04:19 PM


Funny how necessity is the mother of invention…........Nicely done!

-- -Gerry, Hereford, AZ ” A really good woodworker knows how the hide his / her mistakes.”

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#7 posted 12-19-2012 04:37 PM

heh, love the “didn’t have anything to put it on so I went to the garage and made on” ;) – It’s really time you HAD something for ham by now.

What is it that they say “a cobbler always walks barefoot” ?

Nice waves on the board.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#8 posted 12-19-2012 04:39 PM

well as David said your the real ham of the holidays…lol..its a beauty, that is some of the darkest walnut Ive seen, it looks black to me, did you ebonize it…well your juice groove did turn out perfect, those router tables are pretty cool…i wish you would have also sent a picture of the ham…lol…give me something to drool over…:)..

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#9 posted 12-19-2012 04:49 PM

Beautiful, Ellen!!! Many of the best things come from necessity! You did a wonderful job and it is good to treat yourself to one of your nice pieces! (I LOVE my cutting board from you and think of you every time I use it!)

Great project! And a Merry Christmas to you!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#10 posted 12-19-2012 05:12 PM

Looks great, Ellen, and it does the job as intended! Thanks for sharing and happy holidays to you as well.

-- Jeff, North Andover, MA

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#11 posted 12-19-2012 05:22 PM

Very nice Ellen, The Ham will look great on this wonderful board!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#12 posted 12-19-2012 05:31 PM

Great Job Ellen!!!! I’ll have to try that on the router table, makes sense that it would work well. Enjoy!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#13 posted 12-19-2012 05:44 PM

Nice looking project. Enjoy!

-- Bob A in NJ

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#14 posted 12-19-2012 06:03 PM

Ellen, you sure did good again!

You had a spontaneous need… and you filled it!

Great cutting board! Beautiful… COOL & Simple…

Don’t forget to Oil it up good… several times… Mineral Oil is good… before you use it for your Christmas Ham! LOL

Did you also use a branding iron to Sign it?

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#15 posted 12-19-2012 06:08 PM

That’s a beautiful board Ellen. Grizz stold my line. That walnut is VERY dark. It look like wenge or even ebony in the photos. It provides a great contrast for the maple. Merry Christmas my friend.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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