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Project by lumberjoe posted 10-28-2013 06:55 PM 1850 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife has really been killing it with the unique cutting board designs lately. She contunies to amaze me with the stuff she comes up with and her mastery of the craft – despite being absolutely petrified of using power tools less than a year ago.

I decided to use some of her wood (yes, all the wood in the shop is currently hers) and make a pattern I like. This board has a curly maple stripe in the middle, then curly walnut followed by some African mahogany and accented with intersecting inlays of maple and padauk. Each species is half an inch wider than the center.

The African mahogany finished a lot more red than I thought it would. In hindsight I should have used purpleheart for the inlay strips.

I think this one came out pretty nice.

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#1 posted 10-28-2013 07:14 PM

excellent design Joe. As nice as you’re wife’s are though, I think I’d start making spoons or forks or hand planes or something. I’m not sure my ego would take being outdone like that.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#2 posted 10-28-2013 07:16 PM

I’m going to stick to furniture. I’ve started laying out a file cabinet for my office. Planes are next too. Speaking of which, I’d really like to get a cheap plow plane in the near future.

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#3 posted 10-28-2013 08:07 PM

Very nice. That mahogany did come out really, really red – looks fantastic. I think purpleheart would’ve clashed with it a bit. I like it the way it is, but if I were to select a different species for the center inlay stripe, I would’ve picked African blackwood. Padauk can be that red & I’ve seen something done up with padauk/purpleheart that didn’t look good at all.

Just my $0.02.

-- When at first you don't succeed, get a bigger hammer.

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#4 posted 10-28-2013 08:24 PM

I sanded it down to 600 grit – that may have had something to do with it. I’ve never really seen it get THAT red before.

Blackwood would look really nice in the center. I am going to have to try that one of these days.

-- Unplugged Woodworkers - https://www.facebook.com/groups/213418935481974/

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#5 posted 10-28-2013 10:29 PM

You’re too sweet, Joe! And you can use my wood anytime, just make sure you ask first! :)

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#6 posted 10-29-2013 02:44 AM

OK, cool. I’m going to make something pretty sweet out of that 10 foot long, 12” wide piece of figured walnut in the garage tomorrow :)

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#7 posted 10-29-2013 03:44 AM

This is an interesting version of the Scott Lewis design from Fine Woodworking.
Thanks for posting.

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#8 posted 10-29-2013 04:02 AM

I’ve done a few of these. They are a lot of fun. Mine are a lot simpler than Scott’s.

I made a tutorial not too long ago on how I make them.

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#9 posted 10-29-2013 01:30 PM

I said ask first, not tell me first.

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#10 posted 10-29-2013 01:33 PM

I said ask first, not tell me first.

I was thinking that, but decided it best to stay as far away as possible :-)

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#11 posted 10-29-2013 01:40 PM

Something about asking forgiveness vs asking for permission comes to mind. It can’t be a big deal to find another 11” wide 10’ long curly walnut board, right?

I took your advise Don and spent my shop time last night tuning some planes.

-- Unplugged Woodworkers - https://www.facebook.com/groups/213418935481974/

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#12 posted 10-29-2013 02:14 PM

good deal Joe. It would be one thing to steal a 11” wide 10’ long curly walnut board, its another to ruin it with a dull plane.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#13 posted 10-29-2013 02:46 PM

Good looking board Joe ! .....Really like the inlay….She taught you well ! ... ;-)

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#14 posted 10-29-2013 06:48 PM

This is making me chuckle!

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