The Fine Woodworking Cutting board

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Project by lumberjoe posted 359 days ago 3999 views 29 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a maple cutting board with a flowing walnut and boodwood stripe. I saw a write up in the latest issue of FWW and had to give it a shot. The end result here is kind of mediocre, but the process was awesome and I am off to make another.

After a basic glue up, I made a template out of MDF with the curve pattern I wanted. The strips are 1/4” wide, so I routed them out with a 1/4” bit.

Rather than route all the way thought the 1 1/4” hard maple. I routed about 3/8” deep. From there I went over to the band saw and cut right down the middle of my routed channel.

That left me with a recess on each piece just large enough for the bearing on my flush trim bit to ride in. After cleaning the waste with the flush trim bit, I put the strips in, clamped, glued, and did it all over.

All in all it was a lot of fun, and a great router skill builder. I did clean up the strips with a hand plane after the glue ups though instead of the router as suggested in the article.


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#1 posted 359 days ago

Interesting experiment Joe.
Came out well.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#3 posted 359 days ago

Wow, THAt is way cool!

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#4 posted 359 days ago

I saw that method of making the curved insets and will try it myself soon.
Glad it worked for you.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#5 posted 358 days ago

Wow..great lines and color..nice.

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#6 posted 358 days ago

Wow..great lines and color..nice.

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#7 posted 358 days ago

Very nice!! I plan on attempting this soon.

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#8 posted 358 days ago

Looks great! I think you did a great job on it.

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#9 posted 358 days ago

Thanks! I am going to make a few more toward the end of the week. This board is about 14×20. I think the next one will be larger. Also my curves are a little tight, on subsequent ones I’ll make them a wider radius so bending is a bit easier.


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#10 posted 356 days ago

Wow! That came out really great. The contrasting strip added uniqueness and nice accent to the whole cutting board.

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#11 posted 204 days ago

very nice cutting board

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