Nine-patch end grain cutting board

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Project by Sandra posted 09-19-2013 06:26 PM 2356 views 18 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One of my favourite quilt blocks is the nine-patch done diagonally. In quilting it’s a great way to use up scraps.
Apparently in woodworking, it’s a great way to make scraps!

Using a piece of graph paper, I drew out what I wanted. Being ‘design’ challenged, getting from the paper to this project was an effort. None of my lengths of wood were any thicker than 3/4” rough , so the individual pieces are 3/4” x 3/4”. Rather than having strips, I made the nine-patch blocks first. I don’t recommend doing it this way, the pia factor was huge.

Wood in the quilt blocks is maple, walnut and birch. The birch had the most variety of shades. The outer border is mahogany.

I routed the juice trough with my Bosch colt handheld router, with an edge guide to which I attached a longer fence.
I routed the handles the same way. The handles started out to be like a bad haircut – the more I tried to get them just right, the bigger the handles got.

Finish is Danish oil. The smaller board was made with the scraps created from the first.

Larger board measures 17 1/2” x 12 1/2” x 2”
Smaller board is 9”x 7 1/2”

I’m pleased with how they turned out and learned a LOT through trial and error.

Thanks for looking

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#1 posted 09-19-2013 06:29 PM

That is really cool. Love the design.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 09-19-2013 06:37 PM

I like the design as well. Nice looking cutting board.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#3 posted 09-19-2013 06:39 PM

That is sooooo cool! Quilting and woodworking merge… (WORLDS ARE COLLIDING!)
I LOVE it!

Makes me wonder if other classic quilting patterns could work as cutting boards…. hmmmmmmm.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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#4 posted 09-19-2013 06:42 PM

Thanks Monte, DS and Mike. My shop is a complete disaster and I have a grin on my face. What a great day!

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#5 posted 09-19-2013 08:28 PM

I see you didn’t qui(l)t while you were ahead….
Ya done used the scraps for a “mini-me board”!!!

Both came out very nice. Well done!

Shouldn’t those measurements be done in canadianese, err metric??? ;^)

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#6 posted 09-19-2013 08:31 PM

Randy – I’m in the sandwich generation for Metric. I learned Metric in school, but my parents taught me with US units. Sooooo – I cook with cups, teaspoons, etc but buy my milk by the litre.

I watch the speed limit in kilometres/hour but when I run I time how fast my miles are.

I weigh myself in pounds, but buy meat by the kilogram.

In other words, I’m confused…..

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#7 posted 09-19-2013 09:24 PM

Lovely boards, Sandra, the 9-block with the border is just incredible.
Keep ‘em coming!

-- Smitty

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#8 posted 09-19-2013 09:30 PM

One of the nicest boards I’ve seen on here! Congrats!

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#9 posted 09-19-2013 09:52 PM

Sandra….the boards turned out great! What a major undertaking here….for sure. Great design and you made it work….

I hope you are keeping the big board for yourself and using it…....

What’s next??

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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#10 posted 09-19-2013 10:52 PM

Nice! You and I are on the same page when it comes to cutting board design. :)


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#11 posted 09-19-2013 11:47 PM

Very nice design!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#12 posted 09-19-2013 11:54 PM

Definite Wow factor…great work….

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#13 posted 09-19-2013 11:57 PM

Jeff – funny you should mention that. I’ve been flip flopping about whether to keep the big board or not, but I think I will. The smaller one is going to be a gift.

As to what’s next – my 8 year old wants to build a board for his teacher, so it looks like that’s next.

JoesBetterHalf – I just read your profile. Sounds like my life too! I actually just favourited one of your boards because I like the design.

Thanks Steve, Joe and Smitty.
Joe – considering the number of boards that get made here, I consider your comment quite a compliment!

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#14 posted 09-20-2013 01:03 AM

This turned out excellent. The juice trough and handles are a great feature. This is one I will be using to duplicate, but it won’t be as nice as yours.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#15 posted 09-20-2013 01:17 AM

Don’t be afraid…. Go ahead and cut on it. It is very beautiful.

-- Skilled craftsman are not cheap, cheap craftsman are not skilled. Bert, Wooster

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