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Cutting Board with Inlayed Aluminium Nails

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Project by jap posted 07-01-2013 03:16 PM 1114 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 http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/48470/peter-sandback-nails-his-designs . 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 07-01-2013 05:45 PM

thats sharp like the way it turned out

-- greg indiana

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#2 posted 07-01-2013 08:02 PM

Way cool…

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#3 posted 07-01-2013 08:41 PM

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 07-01-2013 08:56 PM

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 07-02-2013 03:24 AM

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 07-02-2013 02:31 PM

wow! I love this

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#7 posted 07-02-2013 03:28 PM

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 07-02-2013 05:10 PM

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 07-02-2013 07:51 PM

Really cool!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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