Cutting Board with Inlayed Aluminium Nails

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Project by jap posted 416 days ago 1046 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this cutting board as a wedding present with the couples initials inlayed into the wood with aluminium nails. I got the idea from Peter Sandback in this video . The Board is made from birch and walnut scraps and finished with mineral oil. The dimensions are 1” x 12” x 17”. The feet are maple buttons that are designed for plugging screw holes. It would have worked better if I inlayed the nails into the walnut, because on the birch you can see aluminium particles lodged in the wood (although i did use a vacuum with the random orbit sander), but it wouldn’t be so obvious on darker woods.

-- Joel

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#1 posted 416 days ago

thats sharp like the way it turned out

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#2 posted 416 days ago

Way cool…

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#3 posted 416 days ago

Nice! I have considered trying it on a cutting board but, was afraid it would ruin the knife edge. After seeing his article I used it on a jewelry box lid. I used aluminium nails and 1/8” brass rod for the design. The brass rod is a good way to get another color but, is much harder. As far as the aluminium shavings I sanded down to 600 grit to get a smooth surface on nails and didn’t have shavings issues. P.S. Not trying to steal your post just sharing to inspire.

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#4 posted 416 days ago

adaughhetee, That is very nice. As for the nails ruin the knife edge, I figured that people use granite or glass boards that are much harder than aluminium. Plus, the board can be oriented to that the user is cutting on the opposite side of the inlay.

My main worry is that the expansion of the wood from the water causes the nails to ‘unglue’.

-- Joel

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#5 posted 416 days ago

i like the idea. i think that i would probably use crushed gemstones for the initials. no problem with knife dulling or metal chips.

-- wiser1934, new york

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#6 posted 415 days ago

wow! I love this

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#7 posted 415 days ago

I’m conflicted about the nails but for no particular reason other than personal preference, certainly a cool idea and a beautiful board… Thanks for sharing…

-- Dan

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#8 posted 415 days ago

Very nice. A friend of mine buys crochet needles and inlays them. He likes the different colors that he can choose from.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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#9 posted 415 days ago

Really cool!!

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