Carving Board

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Project by Whitewalls posted 07-29-2013 11:42 PM 1099 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first attempt at a carving board that I think turned out very well. My friend is very happy with the outcome, considering he was my guinea pig. It’s 13” x 23” x 1 1/2” and made out of Black Walnut, Cherry and Maple. I used a 3/8 Round bit to cut the “juice ring” and cut “handles into the ends to make it easier to pick up when he had a turkey, roast or whatever else he wanted to put on there. I really took my time on placing the pieces of wood in the order that they are in to make everything flow together. Some match almost perfectly with grain and colors, some are a little off. Overall, I was thrilled with how it turned out.

-- Jared, Northern IL

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#1 posted 07-29-2013 11:54 PM

Looks good man!

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#2 posted 07-30-2013 03:30 AM

Great job, I like the colors

-- "The Cedar King"

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#3 posted 07-30-2013 11:32 AM

Nice cutting board…great blend of colours.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#4 posted 07-30-2013 10:37 PM

Very nice cutting board. Love the colors and design.

-- RETIRED...nuff said!

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#5 posted 07-30-2013 11:26 PM

How did you do the juice ring? I’ve often seen them on boards but have not done one yet…

-- freddyaudiophile, Fredericton, NB, Canada

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#6 posted 07-31-2013 02:06 AM

Freddy-That ring was almost the death of me. Lol. I started out with a 2” thick board and ended up with what it is now. I sent the router through the edge of the board when I made my first pass. What I did was use a piece of mdf as a straight edge clamped down as my guide. I laid out lines in pencil that I later sanded off. If I make more of a certain size, I will have to come up with a quicker way so there isn’t 4 set ups for one board.

-- Jared, Northern IL

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#7 posted 07-31-2013 04:55 PM

Nice cutting board…. There addicting once you start making them.

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

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#8 posted 08-01-2013 02:28 AM

I’ve seen the juice troughs done several ways. You can use a bowl bit or round nose bit with a bearing (closest to the router) or a bearing-less bit with a template guide and follow a straight edge like you did.

A friend of mine took this approach a set further and made up a few templates out of 1/4” or 1/2” hardboard for the various sizes of boards that he makes, with each sized to expose an area suitable for the juice trough and whatever reveal he wants. I think he mentioned once that his templates are usually 2.5” to 3” shorter and narrower than the true size of the board. For whatever size, he secures the template to the board with double-sided tape and then carefully scoots around the perimeter of it with the appropriate bit with a bearing in it. A template guide would certainly work, but you just need to include the offset into the sizing of the template. The trick is to route the trough in several passes (I did some deep finger grips on a board earlier tonight and did them in 8 passes; they were about 1” high and 1” deep).

I can think of several other ways to do this as well, depending on how skilled you are with the router and your router table.

-- freddyaudiophile, Fredericton, NB, Canada

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#9 posted 08-01-2013 05:24 PM

Good looking board! Like the wood combo, very attractive with the shine of the finish.

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