Quilted cutting board. Design by Don

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Project by Bob A in NJ posted 08-26-2013 07:30 PM 3604 views 5 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ok, Inspiration from Don aka Amagineer. Been working on this for the past 5 weekends. This is an end grain cutting board with bubinga (should have used Padauk), maple, yellowheart, walnut, purpleheart cherry and teak for the splines.

Here is Don’s version. I tip my hat to Don, he did a much better job on his than my version.

This is a tricky build. Start with the pieces for the triangles in the main field.

Start with a bunch of pieces about 16” long. Stack them 4 at a time as shown in picture.

There are 8 different glues ups here to get to the final 4 triangle shapes. I tried to match what Don did on his board.

Once the glue dries, cut the pieces to ~ 5/4” in thickness or to suit your own taste.

Then, to cut the triangles to 60 degrees. Did this on the table saw, got the angle just right, then used the hold down clamp as shown for safety reasons. Experiment with the different triangle colors until you get a pattern you like. Then commit to the glue up, one row at a time.

Scrape the glue and then run them over the jointer or edge sander to get a flat surface edge for the next glue-ups. You’ll need 4 sets of rows of triangles.

To do the end pieces (hatch designs) I cut the 45 degree pieces from a larger piece of stock, it was ~ 5 inches wide x 1 ½ inches thick. These were about 12” in length to start with. This created the triangle pieces. To cut the kerf / notch on the ends, I ran them against the rip fence at a 90 degree angle about 1/2” deep. To make sure I was dead on in the middle, I just ran them on both sides to make sure the kerf was in the middle. Then made the teak hatch marks to fit the kerf.

Then glued the square ends with the teak spline.

Did the final glue ups of the ends to the main board and proceeded to final thickness.

On most of my boards, I run then through the planer a 64”th depth at a time. Usually this does not cause a problem but I must admit, maybe 2 of 50 boards did not make it through this process as I probably tried to take just a bit too much off with the planer. In these 2 cases, the boards split somewhere in the main field. Since so much work was involved with this board, I simply got it to final thickness with my Grizzly 18” wide belt sander.

The one problem I have with the board is the purpleheart bleed into the yellow heart during the sanding process. I also would use padauk instead of bubinga to get a better color contrast. The bubinga is just too dark to start with.

The finish is the standard 50/50 salad bowl finish and mineral spirits, followed by a top coat of 50/50 mix of mineral oil and bees wax.

Bob August 26, 2013

-- Bob A in NJ

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#1 posted 08-26-2013 08:00 PM

Bob: You now have yourself a wonderful quilted CB. The star pattern in the center is a nice touch. Until you get the CB finished is when you wish you had used another type, color wood, but that what makes this CB unique.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#2 posted 08-26-2013 08:58 PM

Nice work! Like this very much. Hard for my try to copy. Congratulations, and thanks for share.

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#3 posted 08-26-2013 09:12 PM

Amaizing details and colours. Very uniqe patern.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 08-26-2013 09:45 PM

Cool looking board, Bob!
I really like the teak splines!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 08-26-2013 10:16 PM

Very nicely done, sure looks like a lot of work too.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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#6 posted 08-26-2013 10:22 PM

Very nice complex patterned cutting board….awesome job.

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

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#7 posted 08-26-2013 11:09 PM

LOVE it!!!

-- Jerry - Rochester, MN *Whether you think you can or you can't, you are probably right* - Henry Ford

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#8 posted 08-26-2013 11:55 PM

i like your design. I like working with the angles for end grain. Makes better patterns and challenges my brain. I have made a few with many angles and posted some.

Angles are fun. Nice work.

-- Phil Zoeller louisville, KY

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#9 posted 08-27-2013 12:11 AM

Wow, how do you guys vision these glue ups?? This is really amazing, nice job Bob!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#10 posted 08-27-2013 02:17 AM

I would love to hit that with my meat cleaver.
Ya know, slice up some onions…mince some garlic…scrape it into the pot…
i jest.
That belongs on the wall, not the countertop.
Amazing work.

-- I cut it twice and it's still too short!

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#11 posted 08-27-2013 04:00 AM

Great work!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#12 posted 08-27-2013 02:02 PM

Interesting pattern, Bob.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#13 posted 08-27-2013 03:43 PM

Definitely too nice to cut on. Great job, I particularly like the way the the splines show on the vertical. It gives the board an appearance of having been stitched together.


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#14 posted 08-27-2013 06:21 PM

Awesome board!! Great work, thanks for sharing…

-- Dan

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#15 posted 08-29-2013 12:30 PM

Looks great.
Thanks for posting

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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