|Project by Mainiac Matt||posted 12-23-2013 11:29 PM||2303 views||4 times favorited||16 comments|
This year is the first time I ever made Christmas gifts, and this is my first cutting board and first time making knives.
I cheated on the cutting board as I had a cut-off from a parquet Bamboo counter given to me a few years ago. The perimeter is Honduran Mahogany (given to me by a buddy who salvaged the cutoffs from a deck). The knives have maple sandwiched between Mahogany.
The knife blades and patterns came from Kencraft and were inspired by another fellow LJ, who posted his project recently, with links to the supplier. I modified the fiddle bow design, by putting the blade in a slot with the mounting screws recessed into counter-bores.
The cutting board was designed on the fly and is sized for a loaf of bread from our bread maker. I read quite a bit about Bamboo boards being so hard they dull knives, so I raised the deck, applied a chamfered edge, and cut a slot for the blade. This way it will be easy to cut the slices with the blade cutting through into the slot and then advancing the loaf as you go. The concept is yet to be tried out, but I don’t see why it shouldn’t work. With the slot cut down to the level of the Mahogany perimeter, I wasn’t thrilled about the way this would look with the Mahogany all sliced up across the grain at that location. So I inlaid two pads of UHMW PE with double sided tape to take the slice. This pads are 1/16” above the bottom of the slot, so if used correctly, the knife shouldn’t even hit the Bamboo.
The knife handles were finished with two coats of pure Tung oil and the cutting board got a coat of Boo’s butcher block oil, which is probably just overpriced mineral oil. The Mahogany perimeter is finished with Tung oil to match the knife handles.
I may still add Maple corner splines to the Mahogany perimeter to go with the knives better, but it’s a little too close to Christmas to do that now.
If I had thought this out better, I would have designed slots into the back side to store the knives with the cutting board standing on its end. But I didn’t think of it until after I cut the slot and sized the perimeter…. so for this project it wasn’t meant to be.
I hope it’s well received as my wife isn’t so sentimental and doesn’t really like getting kitchen items as gifts. Fortunately, I have something else for her as well.
Thanks for looking.
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