Inlay Cutting Board .... with a big ooops!

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Project by EWJSMITH posted 299 days ago 1334 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Using the inlay technique described by Scott Lewis on FFW and displayed by others on this site, I decided to try my hand at it. Overall, I’m happy with the technique and the outcome. This was really an experiment for me to try but I did make one major boo-boo and I’m actually happy I did it with my trial/test run. The first inlay of two strips (one cherry, one purpleheart) turned out great. Then I added the cherry strip down the middle. Then I cut the second inlay and that’s when I realized I had made a mistake. My second inlay strip of cherry was not as wide as the cut made using the router and as a result, the alignment of the cedar strip and the first inlays were screwed up. See pics 2 and 3. Ah well, that’s one of the nice things about woodworking. You learn something new every day. Nonetheless, I’m happy with the final product and it will sit in my kitchen for now. My wife loved it and didn’t even notice the out-of-line parts.

I’ll make a few more the right way for gifts and to sell locally. I’m also going to do a hall table using the same technique to donate to our church for a winter raffle they have around Christmas time.

Thanks for looking.


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#1 posted 298 days ago

Looks great even with the mistakes. Next time put the wavy inlays in before the wider straight one. It seemed to helpe on the ones that I made. Keep it up!!!!

-- Gary,Nebraska

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Monte Pittman

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#2 posted 298 days ago

Ok, you have a Picasso style board. It’s not mistakes, it is modern art. Nice job, the fact that you learned makes it worth it.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#3 posted 298 days ago

yeah I made that mistake on overlapping inlays too, but in the opposite way. I didn’t use a router so the 2nd inlay I did cam up a little short because the thickness of the bandsaw blade didn’t match my piece.

still looks good, and now you have an excuse to go buy more router bits :-P

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#4 posted 298 days ago

Isn’t it great when the wife doesn’t notice the mistakes and loves it anyway. I would have stopped trying to do things along time ago if it weren’t for my wife’s blind eye. Although, I didn’t notice that one either until you pointed it out, and once you did, I kind of liked the misalignement.

-- Justin C.

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#5 posted 298 days ago

Oops, you made a real nice cutting board. I like it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#6 posted 298 days ago

Hmmm … ‘kinda’ thought it was designed that way till you pointed it out … Maybe we shouldn’t point out our mistakes?
Really like your board even with the “learning curve” (Sorry just couldn’t pass that one up)

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#7 posted 297 days ago

My dad – who was a boatbuilder – used to tell me the mark of a great craftsman was the ability to cover up mistakes so the finished job looks as if it was intended that way from the start. Great advice for anyone who works wood.

And, it looks like to me that’s exactly what you did! Congrats on not giving up and pitching things into the trash. The reward is ending up with a nice piece you wife appreciates.

Nice job!

-- Candy is dandy and rum sure is fun, but wood working is the best high for me!

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