3D Cutting Board with border and feet

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Project by Rob posted 11-25-2013 12:58 AM 4340 views 6 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After posting my first attempt at a 3D cutting board in my projects, my wife took that picture and posted it on her facebook account. Then she posted pictures of some other cutting boards, cheese boards, bottle stoppers and bird feeders that I had made over the past year. They all sold and the next thing I knew, I had a bunch of orders for the 3D boards and some more cheese boards. The power of social media! Then a co-worker asked me if I could make a larger 3D board with a border and feet that she can give to her brother for Christmas. So here is the finished board. Made from Cherry, Ash (Maple is my preferred choice for a light colored wood but I ran out of it) and Black Walnut. It measures 19” X 23” and is just over 1” thick and so are the feet, making the height 2 1/8”.

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#1 posted 11-25-2013 02:31 AM

Nice combination of wood and design, the brother should be most happy!

-- Smitty

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#2 posted 11-25-2013 03:17 AM

Great looking board. I can see why they sell for you.

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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#3 posted 11-25-2013 04:00 AM

That’s a very cool cool board design and cool story… the feet also…..

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#4 posted 11-25-2013 11:22 AM

Great looking cutting board Rob…really well done on the pattern and I like the idea of the feet on the back….excellent job.

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

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#5 posted 11-25-2013 11:08 PM

Very Nice Work Indeed! Thanks For Sharing!


-- I Chose "The Road Less Travelled" Now I'm Totally Lost! (Ontario, CANADA)

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#6 posted 11-25-2013 11:55 PM

Looks great, if you stare at it, it looks like its floating. Thanks for sharing!

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#7 posted 11-26-2013 09:12 AM

Seriously cool…

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#8 posted 11-26-2013 09:18 PM

Thanks to everyone for your comments. It’s always nice to hear praise from fellow woodworkers. I consider myself a novice with just enough know-how to keep the creative juices flowing while remaining humble and a student of woodworking. Much of those thoughts and feelings are a result of watching and reading posts and tutorials from the wonderful people on this site!

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#9 posted 11-26-2013 09:50 PM

Beautiful board, outstanding pattern.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 11-29-2013 03:22 PM

Great design, like the addition of the borders and the feet. You have taken cutting boards to the next level. Great job!

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#11 posted 12-08-2013 01:41 AM

I have made a couple not near as intricate and am having a problem with them moving , growing whatever it is . Some pieces in thickness have varied as much a paper dollar thickness ,others in walnut have grown 1/32 of an inch. I guess the joy of wood! Your’s has turned out really nice !

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#12 posted 12-08-2013 12:51 PM

Igoldsniper, after making several of these 3D effect boards, I’ve found that one of several things could be the culprit for the moving or “growing” that you mention. Each of these has happened to me when I was learning how to make these boards.

1. Each strip of wood has to be the exact same thickness. I don’t rely on my table saw to give me exact thicknesses. It’s close but not exact. I always take each strip and run them through my Supermax 19-38 drum sander to make sure each species of wood is the same thickness. One piece of Maple that’s 1 1/16th of an inch is not the same as another piece being 1 1/16th + a smidge.

2. Every piece has to be square. The slightest variation will cause misalignment.

3. The 60 degree cuts also have to be exact. If some are 60 degrees and others are 60.1 degrees they won’t line up and will appear to have “grown”.

4. Trying to glue up the boards all at once is nearly impossible. There is to much movement to get every “slice” aligned properly. I number each “slice” and lay them out in proper order and then I only glue 4 or 5 pieces at a time and keep adding to it once I’m sure the glue has set up enough that movement won’t occur with the previous pieces that I’ve glued up. It makes the glue up process take a lot longer but worth the wait in the end.

5. Lastly, I use a roller to ensure even amounts of glue along the length of each strip and then make sure I have even pressure on all of the clamps. I know this seems inconsequential because you’re looking for good squeeze out but trust me when I say it makes a difference. One of the first 3D boards I made I stopped tightening the clamps when I saw good squeeze out and about 2/3’s down the board, I had to apply more clamping pressure to close a slight gap. The board came out without any gaps but the board was misaligned because there ended up being more glue in some areas over others making the glue thickness slightly different and it changes things exponentially as you go on.

So in the end, these boards are fun to make and they surely get the attention of people. I’ve sold a bunch of them but they are not as easy to make as the normal edge grain cutting board and require extra care when making them. I hope this helps you if you make any more of these types of cutting boards. I’ll send this post to you in a message as well in case you don’t see it here.

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